Diary 1862, Part 2: The writer’s identity

See part 1 of this story for the background on this family diary and why I questioned its authorship.

Whoever the writer is, it’s certainly not Catharine’s husband Amos, unless he’s in the habit of referring to himself in the third person.

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Diary 1862, part 3: Over the River and Through the Woods and Up to the Quarry and Over to Earlville

See part 1 and part 2 for background on Catharine Siglin’s 1862 diary.

From 1989 to 1994, I went to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. For the first year, I lived in Chicago, about fifteen minutes away from school via el train. After that, I lived in the western, and then the far western ’burbs. Whether by car or by commuter train, the trip was over an hour each way – a longer than average commute for the area at the time, but not wildly out of line.

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Diary 1862, Part 4: War, Words, and Silence

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Given that Catharine Siglin is writing in 1862, into the second year of the Civil War, I wondered what she would have to say about it. At first glance, only one entry – the last – makes reference to the war.

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