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|Abstract||Susanna Gordon Waddell was the wife of Dr. James Alexander Waddell. Diary of Susanna Gordon Waddell of Union, Monroe County, W. Va., gives details of her daily routine, of family and community matters, and of recurring federal army raids. Poems and recipes from various sources are also included.|
|Creator||Waddell, Susanna Gordon, b. 1824.|
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Susanna Gordon was born in Richmond, Va., in 1824 and married Dr. James Alexander Waddell in 1844. During the Civil War, she and her husband lived in Union, W.Va.
Susanna Waddell kept her diary in two penmanship exercise books; the first volume (28 pp.) contains entries from 8 February 1863 to 15 December 1863, and the second (32 pp.) contains entries from 16 December 1863 to 4 November 1865. In the second volume, there is also one entry for May 1866 and poems dated 11 June 1866 and 17 March 1867. Also included in both volumes are several undated poems, most apparently by Waddell and a few attributed to other people.
Entries mainly concern daily life in Union and the activities of Susanna Waddell's relatives and friends, including the family of Confederate General John Echols. There is extensive discussion of military activities in the Monroe County area, including Union General William Woods Averell's raid on Lewisburg, W.Va., 1-8 November 1863; also mentioned are the activities of General Echols and other Union raids led by generals W. W. Averell, David Hunter, and George Crook.
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