Civil War Journal

The Journals of David Harris: 1863


"Hope defered makes the heart sick."

February 7, 1863

Pg. 276

table presented so little variety

February 14, 1863

"Never since we kept our house has our table presented so little variety as at present. My heart grows anxious when I sit down to the table and look at the hungry mouths that are gathered..." (Pg. 276)

Coming home & Prices

February 24, 1863

"The regiment did not get much tired of the service, but they became anxious to get home to their families and farms." (pg. 278)

Prices of meat and food

This is the time of war...

March 22, 1863

"This is the time of war. Most of our men are in the army. Those that are left at home should do all they can for those at home and abroad. Provisions are very high indeed, but money is plenty; those that hav it can but, what are those to do that have none? This has been a hard year for us, but not on account of the war but on account of the bad crop we made last year." (pg 283)

Anxious for Battle

April 6, 1863

"...the Yankee Gunboats was in or about the Bay in battle array, and was going to make an immediate attack on the City of Charleston. I am so anxious to witness the fight that I think I will start to the CIty in the morning." (pg 285)

Charleston is Being bombarded

April 8, 1863

"Charleston is being bombarded at this time. A battle is going on at this time, or at least was going n, when the train left COlumbia. How it will terminate, I can not yet tell, but I hope our side will be victorious and give the yankeys just what the deserve (death). I expect that the Regiment to which I belong...will again soon be called for. I am willing to do what I can for my country." (pg 286)


May 4, 1863

"Paid taxes -$28.71. And paid thirty-five dollars to keep my hand[s] home that was liable to go work at the coast-for coast defense...The Confederate tax is still to be paid. Our taxes are heavy...for money must be had to carry on the war or we must submit to the Despot (Lincoln)." (pg. 290)


May 16, 1863

" There is talk of militia (of which I am one) being called to Charleston again. I am ready." (pg. 292)

July 4th

july 4, 1863

Farmer's Bday

July 6, 1863

Farmer's birthday (Pg. 299)

"The war has ended many a mans career since my last birthday. Perhaps it may end mine before my next, though I have no fears."


July 19, 1863

"I heard that conscription was extended up to 45 years. That will take me in for war." (pg 301)

Dark Hour

July 25, 1863

"I went to the village to learn the news. All that I can learn is dark and gloomy. This is certainly the dark hour of the night. Our arms are ascendency at this time. Our people are discouraged and I fear I will soon be disposed to give up the contest. I hope this confined to the few, not the majority...." (pg. 301)


July 25,1863

"The conscription has been extended to age of 45. This embraces me. I was drafted (into six months service). Now I come under the conscription act..." (pg. 302)


July 25, 1863

I am not frightened at all. If our own men will be true to there country their will be no doubt of the contest whatever. Yet I am uneasy about the dissatisfaction that is showing itself. I am making all arrangements to go into servise. This time it will be something serious for we, probably, we will have to remain during the war. Yet I am confident that it will go alright. No orders have as yet come for us to start to the feild, but they are expected constantly. " (pg. 302)

Still Optimistic

July 26, 1863

After noting that how bad the war is for the confederate...

"As for me, I am far from saying that we are conquored, or it will be conquored so long as out men are united. I can see nothing so desperate but that it could be much worse. And nothing so bas, but that it may be redeemed. So we must put our trust in providence & fight on." (pg. 303)

Confederate Money

July 27, 1863

"Confederate money is very plenty, and people do not fancy it much & I fear that it will still be more valueless. For that reason, I am anxious to get rid of it. So does every other person. This is the reason of such high prices." (pg. 303)