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SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 , 1864

Looks like snow. James goes to Charley Byfields, he is sick but some better. I write now. The snow is falling fast, most like rain. Not so cold but cold enough. My heart aches all the time. I am not very well. The rest are well.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 1864

Oh very cold. This morning the snow is very deep. Snowed most of the night. James and K. goes to town. I wash the clothes. [Two sons of Mrs. Emeline Phillips, James and William, were inducted into the 120th Indiana Regiment. Each received a $220 bounty with another $80 due on discharge.]

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 1864

Still very cold. I am not very well but I knit some and sit close by the fire thinking of James. He will most freeze to day.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 1864

James got home last evening, quite cold and hungry. Brought 2 pair of shoes $1.90 a pair. Mine are too small brought me some mackeral and tea. Snows all day to day and night at night [sic]. Capt. Tobias comes and stays all night. Wants James to go to camp Saturday.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1864

Very cold and frosty. James and Capt. Jim Tohias goes to Andrew Morrisons for him to go to camp tomorrow, but he is going away to Madison, moving Louisa McCaslin. James comes home says maybe he will go tomorrow if I don't care.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 1864

Here comes Mary Morrison to see if James is going, he cuts some wood, then fixes to start for Crothersville for the cars to go to camp but we all make such a fuss he can't get off so he gives up a bit.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 1864

We are all well this morning. James takes me and Ethe to Gilead to meeting in the sled. Good sleighing but very cold then James and Andrew, Mary and myself all went to Retreat at night. They have taken a notion to go to camp but the cars [train] won't stop, so we are glad for we don't want them to.

MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 1864

Here we are at Mrs. Miller's this morning, but no cars comes. We all come home. I left Morton at home. I am in a hurry to get home. Ethelina stayed with the children. We get home at two o'clock, very tired and very cold. I most froze last night going to Retreat. Oh what troubles.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1864

This morning--some pleasanter. We go to Matilda's in the sled, but thawing all day. Our mare is sick. We stopped at Days, mother, Catherine and Ethe all went to Debys in the sled to day. Maria Jane went to Paris to day with Morrisons to Preacher Morrison.

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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 13, 1864

James starts for Paris this morning at daylight to cut wood two days. I clean and scrub the house, cook cabbage, beets and potatoes. Hurry to get work done but don't get much done. . . . . .

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