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Diary, 1863-1866, 1968

 File — Box: Small Collections Box 58, Folder: 1

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Diary of S. Agnes Kummer of Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to her life in Baltimore where S. Agnes Kummer taught school, she documents her travels within the United States, as well as to England and France. Entries are written in English for the most part with some expressions and sentences in French.

The diary begins in France on an overseas trip in March 1863 and concludes with her description of a 1866 summer trip through the American Northeast into Canada.

She comments on the Civil War and states on April 13, 1865: "The South has gone from bad to worse - Richmond has fallen & the rejoicings thereupon had not ceased when we were stunned with the announcement of Lee's surrender. All seems to be lost for the poor Confederacy." On April 15, 1865 she comments on the "frightful crime" of President Lincoln's assassination: "It is the darkest day of this dark period of American history."

Also included in the diary is a typewritten letter from Laurie Leadbeater Hibbert of Nashville, Tennessee to 'cousin Edith.' A relationship to the diary writer is not established.


  • Creation: 1863-1866
  • Creation: 1968


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Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.


From the Collection: 0.1 Linear Feet



Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository