November 29, 1866

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“Not very pleasant. Have remained at home during the day  has been a very lonely day.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

Local advertisement from the GAR Benefit Program Book (year unspecified).

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November 28, 1866

 

“…this night is long to be remembered.”

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“Pleasant. Have been at home during the day  Augusta took tea with us. attended singing school   John waited upon me home. he presented me a set of jewelry. Twenty years of my life has passed and the year that has passed has been one which will long be remembered. many happy hours have I enjoyed (?) and many unhappy ones but this night is long to be remembered.” – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: John C. Chace, Hattie’s betrothed at the time of her 1866 diary, was a member of the GAR. The GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) “was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army (United States Army), Union Navy (U.S. Navy), Marines and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War for the Northern/Federal forces.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Army_of_the_Republic
Local advertisement from the GAR Benefit Program Book (year unspecified).

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November 27, 1866

 

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“Pleasant. remained at home during the day. John passed the evening with me.” – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: “John” is Hattie’s betrothed, John C. Chace.
Local advertisement from the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Benefit Program Book (year unspecified). See previous post (Nov 26, 1866) for more information on GAR.

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November 26, 1866

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“Pleasant. Mother and I have been to the green this morning. Passed the afternoon and evening at home.” – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: The green Hattie refers to is Taunton Green, the center of town. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taunton_Green_Historic_District

Photo: Program from a GAR benefit held at the Wm. H. Bartlett (Veterans) Post on Patriots Day, April 19 (year unspecified).  “The GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army (United States Army), Union Navy (U.S. Navy), Marines and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War for the Northern/Federal forces.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Army_of_the_Republic

John C. Chace, Hattie’s betrothed at the time of her 1866 diary, was a member of the GAR.

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November 20, 1866

“I now realize that I am alone in this wide world…”

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“John passed the evening with me. I now realize that I am alone in this wide world  I had felt that I had one in whom I could place all confidence but I am alone  never again can I rest in his loving embrace.  or a friend to sympathize with me in my sorrow  nothing to live for  the happy hours are all past and may they be forgotten.” – Hattie E.F. D.

Portrait from family album.

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November 13, 1866

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“Pleasant. Mrs John O. Presbrey was buried from Mr L. Godfrey this P.M. Attended prayer meeting at the  (?). John waited upon me home and past (sic) a short but pleasant time with me.” – Hattie E.F. D.

Advertisement from Taunton Directory, 1850.

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