Hello, everyone! We've reached the penultimate post of transcriptions from the George F. Parry Civil War diaries (George F. Parry family volumes, Collection 3694). If you're just joining us, in 2012 HSP acquired the diaries of Bucks County resident and Civil War veterinary surgeon George F. Parry. In that collection are three diaries he kept during the Civil War dating from 1863 to 1865, when he served with the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry. In celebration of Parry's work and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, I'm providing monthly posts on Fondly, PA of transcripts of entries from his diaries.
To see other posts in the series, check out the links over on the right-hand side of this page. Clicking on the diary images will take you to our Digital Library where you can examine the volumes page by page, along with other digitized items from the Parry collection.
George F. Parry spent the first half of November 1865 at home and the second half of the month in the Midwest. On November 14th, he began a grand trip to Illinois to see freinds. He stayed there, visiting locations in the state, including Chicago, until the 22nd. He returned to Newtown at the end of the month and resumed regular life once again.
Notes about the transcriptions: I've kept the pattern of Parry's writings as close as formatting here will allow, including his line breaks and spacing. My own additional or clarifying notes will be in brackets [ ]. Any grammatical hiccups that aren’t noted as such are Parry's own.
Saturday November 4
Home all Day – very stormy
Aaron Rose sold his Hotel
Property to Joseph Willard for
Friday November 10
Wertz (Wirz) of Andersonville Hung
Sent a Note
to Nellie Paff.
Eve’g at Rose
with Joseph Willard and Roses’
Crowd at Esq. Barnleys
Tuesday November 14
Bid good by to Newtown
Arrived in Phila. Called on Paxson
Spent the Eve’g at Barley
Sheaf with Tom. Janney [and] Sam. Phillips.
Bought ticket for Rock Island in
Chicago $30.15 – started at 11 P. M.
Friday November 17
Took walk around [Chicago]
Called on Dr. Dodd who took me
around and introduced me to number
Oscar Thornall of New Jersey[,] a
young man who I got acquainted with
on the Cars – Started his journey
to Belvidere, Ill.
Tuesday November 21
Walked from Bradshaws to
Rock Island and crossed over into
Davenport, Iowa – took a view
of the City and recrossed to
Rock Island. Very tired – walked
over 30 miles.
wroe Letter Home
Davenport and Rock Island both
Monday November 27
Rode over back of Addisville to
see a Horse
Ordered a new
set f Harnesses to be made by
Harding[,] to be done by Christmas
Received a Letter from
Pay Master at Washington about my
back pay. answered it.
Set up all night
with Harry Eyre [and] with Dr. Trego.