The Lucinda Lenore Merriss Cornell Diaries

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The 1861 diary of Lucinda Merriss features a daily account of her life at home with family and friends. This year includes sections at the beginning featuring recipes and other notes. This is also the first year of the Civil War and mentions of Camp Chase in Columbus begin to appear. Notable dates include:

April 18: First mention of soldiers training in Columbus and enlistments from across the northern states.

June 21: Grandmother Merriss dies.

July 1: A great comet is seen in the northwest.

August 14: Notice of General Lyons' death during the war.

October 27-29: A work project for the church, sewing a pulpit cushion.

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