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Diary of Mary Jane (Craft) Hemminger
Diary excerpts of soldier's bridge during the Civil War.
  • Contributed by Phyllis Nilsson of Toledo, Ohio (April 2004)
  • Note 1: Bold, underline or italic have been added to highlight names & places.
  • Note 2: No editing was been done during the transcription of this diary.

    Reprinted from 1863 diary of Mary Jane Hemminger, nee Craft.
    May, Jun & July, 1863.

    Friday, May 1, 1863 -
    "It has been a very warm, pleasant day. I am tired and lame after my long walk. I have been out calling today. I go around more than I ever did before. It passes the time better."

    Saturday, May 2, 1863 -
    "It has been very cold and windy today. I have written to Isaaac today, but I did not get a chance to send it to the office. I have been thinking about Isaaac most all day. I wish he was here."

    Sunday, May 3, 1863 -
    "It is still cold and stormy. I have stayed in my the house most all day it is so cold. I shiver every time I leave the fire. I am afraid it is agoing to be very sickely this summer. There is a good many sick now."

    Monday, May 4, 1863 -
    "It is very cold and stormy. It commenced to rain this morning and it is raining yet. I would like to know where Isaac is tonight. I have been thinking about him most all day."

    Tuesday, May 5, 1863 -
    "Another stormy day. It is the coldest weather for this time of year I ever saw. Mother and I have had a chat about old times today. I would like to know if Isaac has a good place to sleep tonight."

    Wednesday, May 6, 1863 -
    "The storm is over, but it is quite cold yet. My baby is very sick tonight. Oh, how I wish Isaac was here tonight. I miss him very much at any time, but more than ever when we are sick."

    Thursday, May 7, 1863 -
    "I am in better spirits today. The baby is a good deal better, and I received a letter form Isaac. He is well. He thinks the war won't last a great while. God, grant it may be over soon."

    Friday, May 8, 1863 -
    "It has been very pleasant today. I was over to Bay City today and I received two more letters from Isaac and in one of them was twenty dollars in money. I am in hope I shall see him again."

    Saturday, May 9, 1863 -
    "Another pleasant day. I have been out with the baby most all day. She likes to be out very much. If Isaac was here, he would take a great deal of comfort with her. I wish he was."

    Sunday, May 10, 1863 -
    "It has looked like a storm all day but it did not commence until evening. I am very lonely tonight. I am afraid something has happened to Isaac. I shall never be contented until the war is over."

    Monday - May 11, 1863 -
    "It has rained all day and is raining yet. There is an account in the papers today that the north has taken Richmond. If it is so, there is some hope yet."

    Tuesday - May 12, 1863 -
    "It has cleared off today. There is a rumor that they have taken Richmond, but I am afraid it is a false report. I hope they have, if so, there's some hope that the war will soon be over.'

    Wednesday - May 13, 1863 -
    "It is as I feared, they have not taken Richmond but they have had a great fight. I have not heard the particulars. I don't know which gained the victory. We have had a shower today."

    Thursday - May 14, 1863 -
    It has been quite pleasant today. This forenoon I went over to Bay City and this afternoon I went a visting. I had a very pleasant time. I should be quite happy if I was sure Isaac would come back safe."

    Friday - May 15, 1863 -
    "It was pleasant this forenoon, but it is raining now as hard as it can pour down. I would like to know where Isaac is tonight. I think about him all the time. I hope I shall get a letter tomorrow."

    Saturday - May 16, 1863 -
    "It has blowed hard today. I was over to Bay City. I did not get a letter like I expected to. Helen got one from William and he did not say a word about Isaac. I am afraid he is sick."

    Sunday - May 17, 1863 -
    "It has been cold and stormy all day. I have stayed in the house most all day. The baby is very cross. It takes most all the time to take care of her, but I don't mind it as long as she keeps well."

    Monday - May 18, 1863 -
    "The baby has been very cross today. I am very tired tonight tending her so much. I shall be very glad when she walks. It has been very warm and pleasant today."

    Tuesday - May 19, 1863 -
    "It has been very windy today. Helen got another letter today. I shall look for one tomorrow. The baby is better today. I have had a chance to sew some. I have written a letter to Isaac tonight."

    Wednesday - May 20, 1863 -
    "It has been a very hot day. I went over to Bay City and had the baby's likeness taken. I was glad to get home again. It is very tiresome to take a baby so far. No letter yet."

    Thursday - May 21, 1863 -
    "Another hot day. I went a visting this afternoon. I am getting nervous about Isaac because I don't get a letter. I think about him all day and dream about him at night."

    Friday - May 22, 1863 -
    "It has been the hottest day I ever saw for this time a year. I expected a letter from Isaac today, but was disappointed again. I am afraid he is not able to write."

    Saturday - May 23 1863 -
    "This is another pleasant evening. I went to singing school for the first time this evening. If Isaac was here I would join it and learn to sing. I received a letter this evening from Isaac."

    Sunday - May 24, 1863 -
    "It has been quite cool and looked like rain all day. I have written a long letter to Isaac this evening. Oh how I wish he was here tonight, I should be happy."

    Monday - May 25, 1863 -
    "We have had a ?____? shower this evening. I have been very lonely today. I have been thinking about Isaac all day. If I didn't have my baby to care for, I don't know what I should do."

    Tuesday - May 26, 1863 -
    "It has been quite pleasant today. The baby is not very well today. I have just got home from singing school. I went with Helen and Julia Miller. I wish Isaac was here to go too."

    Wednesday - May 27, 1863 -
    "I went a visiting today. It is quite pleasant tonight. The baby is better today. She has got three teeth through I think. She will walk soon if she don't get sick. Sweet darling."

    Thursday - May 28, 1863 -
    "Quite pleasant today. I have had to tend the baby most all day and I am very tired. It is her teeth that make her so cross. There is news of a great victory, but we are not certain of its truth."

    Friday - May 29, 1863 -
    Baby is some better today. I wrote a letter to Isaac today. It has been quite pleasant today, but I think it will storm soon."

    Saturday - May 30, 1863 -
    It has been a very stormy day and it is storming yet. It is a cold rain. I received a letter from Isaac today. He is safe and well."

    Sunday - May 31, 1863 -
    It was quite pleasant this morning, but it commenced to rain again at about five o'clock. Mary was here today. She don't appear as she did a year ago."

    Monday - June 1, 1863 -
    It was raining again today. It is cold enough for a good fire tonight. Baby is quite well today. There was a man here tonight playing on the fiddle.

    Tuesday - June 2, 1863 -
    It has been raining some again today. I was up to Makitricks (sp?) to see the baby today. I don't think it will live." It has had fits today."

    Wednesday - June 3, 1863 -
    It is cold and cloudy yet. I have thought about Isaac most all day. They have had a battle and I am afraid he is one of the killed or wounded. I hope for the best."

    Thursday - June 4, 1863 -
    It has rained some today. Helen has gone to a dance tonight. I might of went but it don't seem right to me to go such places when my husband is in danger."

    Friday - June 5, 1863 -
    "It commenced to rain last night and it continued until today at three o'clock. Tonight it is pleasant, but cold. I have just returned from singing school."

    Saturday - June 6, 1863 -
    "Another cold day. I think I never saw so much cold weather at this time of year. I received a letter from Isaac today. I am so glad that he is safe. Yet, if he returns safe, I shall be happy."

    Sunday - June 7, 1863 -
    "It is a little warmer today. I am more content since I heard from Isaac. My baby is well and I am very thankful. If the Lord spares my husband to me I shall be happy yet."

    Monday - June 8, 1863 -
    "It has been quite warm and pleasant today. I took the baby in the woods today to get some flowers. It is very nice. I sent a letter to Isaac today."

    Tuesday - June 9, 1863 -
    "It is a beautiful evening and has been a fine day. The baby is well and I should be happy if Isaac was here. I don't know but he may be dead or dying and that clouds all my joy."

    Wednesday - June 10, 1863 -
    "It has been a very pleasant day and we had visitors today. After they went home Hellen and I went over to Bay City. I received a letter from Isaac. He is well. Hellen got some money."

    Thursday - June 11, 1863 -
    "Another pleasant day. Mother and I went to Mary's today. I don't like to go to see her as well as I used to. She is too cross. She thinks she is a little better than we are."

    Friday - June 12, 1863 -
    It has been a very hot day. I went over to Bay City today and I received some money from Isaac, but no letter. I think I will get one tomorrow. I wish I could get one every day."

    Saturday - June 13, 1863 -
    Another pleasant day. I wish Isaac was here. I would like to take a walk in the woods, they are so nice and green. Hellen got a letter today, but I did not get one."

    Sunday - June 14, 1863 -
    "Pleasant still. It has been a very lonely day to me. I miss Isaac somuch. Every man and his wife and children are walking out, but baby and I have to go alone. No papa to go."

    Monday - June 29, 1863 -
    "We had a nice shower today. The baby is not as cross as she use to be. It is cooler since the shower. I expected a letter from Isaac today. I did not get one."

    Tuesday - June 30, 1863 -
    " It _____ very hot after the rain. Helen and I went over to Bay City today. I received some money from the county today. No letter from Isaac yet. I am afraid he is sick."

    Wednesday - July 2, 1863 -
    "It is a little cooler this evening. No letter from Isaac today. I thought I would surely get one today. I am afraid something has happened to him. I hope not."

    Thursday - July 2, 1863 -
    "It is very pleasant this evening. I am very uneasy about Isaac. I have not had a letter in most two weeks. I miss them very much. Baby is well."

    Friday - July 3, 1863 -
    "It has been very hot today. There is agoing to be a great celebration over to Bay City tomorrow. I would like to go but I don't know whether I will or not."

    Saturday - July 4, 1863 -
    "It has been a little cooler today. We went over to the celebration. I did not hear the oration. It was ________ nailde _____ on the plank. We had a good time."

    Sunday - July 5, 1863 -
    "Hot again today. I am tired after the fourth. I took the baby with me. She was very good and she feels as well as ever today. How I wish Isaac had been here."

    Monday - July 6, 1863 -
    "I received a letter from Isaac today. He is not well yet. I wish he was here so I could take care of him. They expect to fight soon. I wish the war was over."

    Tuesday - July 7, 1863 -
    "Cooler today. We went in the woods to get some berries. I took the baby with me. I put her under a tree and went and picked some. We got enough for tea."

    Wednesday - July 8, 1863 -
    "This has been the warmest day we have had this year. I pity the poor soldiers down south. We have got news of a great victory. I expect Isaac was there."

    Thursday - July 9, 1863 -
    "A little cooler today. Baby is not very well today. I am very anxious to hear from Isaac. Since the battle I don't know whether he is living or not. I hope for the best."

    Friday - July 10, 1863 -
    "It has been warm again today. The baby has been very cross for a day or so. I wish I knew if Isaac was alive and well . Tonight I am very uneasy about him."

    Saturday - July 11, 1863 -
    "It has been a very cool day. We went a_____ today. I have had no news from Isaac yet. I hope I shall hear soon. The baby is _____ sick with a cold."

    Sunday - July 12, 1863 -
    "It is quite cold today. The baby is no better. I went after the doctor but he was out and I did not see him. There was a fire at Bay City today."

    Monday - July 13, 1863 -
    "It is a little warmer today. I was over to Bay City. I saw where the fire was. It burned two whole blocks. The baby is not better yet. I got some medicine for her today."

    Tuesday - July 14, 1863 -
    "Quite warm again today. The baby is a little better. No letter from Isaac yet. I am afraid he is killed or sick or wounded. It makes my blood run cold to think about it."

    Wednesday - July 15, 1863 -
    "Cold again today. The baby was very sick all day. I went after the doctor at noon. He did not come until evening and then she was a little better. No word from Isaac yet."

    Thursday - July 16, 1863 -
    "Cold yet. It has been very lonely today. I have had to stay in my room most all day with the baby. She is not much better. I have to hold her most all the time."

    Friday - July 17, 1863 -
    "It is warmer today. The baby is a little better. She don't get well very fast. No news from Isaac yet. I am very anxious to hear from him. I am not well tonight."

    Saturday - July 18, 1863 -
    "Quite pleasant today. The baby is about the same that she was yeserday. Another day is passed and no letter yet. It has been more lonely than ever for a week or so."

    Sunday - July 19, 1863 -
    "It has een very pleasant today. The baby is a little better. I went to Sunday school today. It is he first time I have went since it commenced."

    Monday - July 20, 1863 -
    "It commended to rain last evening and it has rained all day today. It is quite refreshing after such a dry spell. The baby is about the same as she was."

    Tuesday - July 21, 1863 -
    "It is very pleasant after the rain. The baby is worse today. I sent after the doctor but he did not come. He says he cannot doctor anymore, he has not time."

    Wednesday - July 22, 1863 -
    "It has been very warm and pleasant today. The baby is no better yet. I shall send over to Bay City after a doctor tomorrow if she is no better."

    Thursday - July 23, 1863 -
    "Another pleasant day. The baby is about the same. The doctor was here today but he did not have the right kind of medicine with him. He will send for it."

    Friday - July 24, 1863 -
    "It is raining this evening. I was over to Bay City today. I got a letter from Isaac today. He is not well. He got hurt by a horse. The baby is no better yet."

    Saturday - July 25, 1863 -
    "It has rained all day. The baby is a little better today. I think the fever is broke. There is to be a meeting at the school house tomorrow. I hope I can go."

    Sunday - July 26, 1863 -
    "It is very pleasant since the rain. The baby is about the same today. We went to church today. I think we we had had heard something very good Sunday."

    Jan-Feb-Mar-Apr

    Additional entries will be added as transcriptions from the diary are available.
    Last updated: January 18, 2006.

  • Hemminger Diary Pages
    Diary: Jan-Feb-Mar-Apr
    Diary: May-Jun-Jul
    People Referenced
    Baby
    Helen
    Hemminger, Ella May (baby)
    Hemminger, Isaac
    Makitricks(?)
    Sheeley, Mary
    Miller, Julia
    Mother
    Craft, William
    Subjects Referenced
    Bay City
    Battle at Richmond
    Church
    Fire - two blocks
    July 4th celebration
    Richmond
    School house
    Singing school
    Sunday school
    Internet References
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    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.