Wilber Wightman Gramling Diary, 1864-1865 (Page 2 of 7)

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Wilber Wightman Gramling Diary, 1864-1865

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Sunday, May 22, 1864. A beautiful morning. Shower rain at noon. Health good and wound doing well. I see negroes riding out in fine carriages with their drivers. Sometimes a negro man and a white woman riding together in a carriage with a negro driver—frequently see them walking together.

Monday, May 23, 1864. Everything the same. Saw President Lincoln and Lady pass yesterday. Just saw them on their hack & could not tell how he looks. He passes here nearly every day. Some die here nearly every day. Wrote a letter to Pa and Irvin today. [1]

Tuesday, May 24, 1864. Weather very pleasant. I am in better spirits. A battery of artillery has just passed going toward the front. Lot of wounded came in this morning. Amused myself by looking at the pleasure-riding folks pass.



[1] Wilber Gramling’s father, Andrew Peter Gramling (1809-1870). Wilber’s brother, Irvin (1840-1904), served with Wilber in the Fifth Florida Infantry. Irvin was wounded and captured at Gettysburg. He was imprisoned at Fort Delaware and released after taking the oath on June 10, 1865.

Additional: Wilber Wightman Gramling lived in Leon County, Florida, and enlisted in Company K of the Fifth Florida Infantry Regiment at Tallahassee on February 20, 1862.