Protecting Their Country, Loved Ones and Homes
March 1 [1861]:
“The sad, sad state of affairs in our loved country is the all absorbing theme of both sexes. Yesterday an election was held to elect delegates for the call convention, to devise some plan for the safety & protection of the Southern States against the Northern fanatical spirit which seems fully bent on our destruction.”
March 4.
“There has been no sunshine today. The heavens seem hung with darkness, over our national wrongs…for this is the day for the inauguration of a President. That will cause the dissolution of our Union; and we know not what other ill will follow. We can only look to Him whose power alone sways heaven and earth. But the die is cast; our Star spangled banner will wave no more over us as a free & happy people. The mad fanatics of the North seem bent on the destruction of the South. They have been throwing fire brands in our midst for years, secretly. Now they have come out with a black Republican President resolved to carry out their wicked designs at the risk of life, happiness and virtue. The South has borne the insults of the North too long. But forbearance has ceased & now the crisis has arrived; some are standing idle instead of presenting one unbroken front.”
March 19.
“I have finished all the squares for my quilt. I think I shall call it a DISUNION QUILT as it will be made different from any I ever saw.”
May 17.
“Ross Magot came to see us; he got a furlow to come home a day or two. He is dressed in full uniform; he’s a fine looking officer…The neighbors met at Buckhorn today to have the militia company enrolled (May 17 the Hertford Light Infantry was formed with Thos. H. Sharpe of Harrellsville as Captain…)”
May 21.
“…everything looks gloomy & sad, & our own hearts feel sad. This evening our ears were startled by the sound of cannons. We know the foe is at hand, & we can only raise our hearts to God to ask Him to protect our little band who have gone forth to protect their country & loved ones and homes.”
(Excerpts from Annie B. Darden’s Diary, 1861; Before the Rebel Flag Fell, T. Parramore, editor, Johnson Publishing, 1968, pp. E-L)