This diary was written by Ellen Wallace. It includes recipes, slave records, and other notes. She writes about friends, church, cooking, and the weather. She also writes her thoughts about the war. She supported the Union, but she was pro-slavery and hated Abraham Lincoln. Women’s diaries like this one can tell us what life on the home front was like. They provide information about how people dealt with food and supply shortages, battles, and troops in their towns.
This resource is part of the A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images collection.