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Label
1864
Inclusive dates
1864
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Diary, 27 May-13 June 1864, of Ella Moore Bassett Washington (1834-1898) of Hanover County, Virginia, and Jefferson County, (West) Virginia, describing the Union army's occupation of that part of Hanover County which included the Bassett family home, Clover Lea, and detailing its social and economic effects. She records how Union troops foraged for food, often taking the livestock and supplies from the Bassett home and how General George A. Custer assissted in protecting Clover Lea from those foragers. She describes the family's visits with Custer and the over night stay of General William F. Smith. Washington also comments on the battle of Cold Harbor. The original diary is located at the Historical Society of York County, Pennsylvania. A transcript of the diary is available in volume 16, issue 10 of the CIVIL WAR TIMES ILLUSTRATED magazine
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Biographical or historical data
Ella Moore Bassett Washington was born 7 September 1834 at Lansdowne in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, to George Washington Bassett (1800-1878) and Betty Burnet Lewis Bassett (1808-1886). Her family moved to Clover Lea in Hanover County, Virginia, where Ella married Lewis William Washington (1812-1871) of Jefferson County (West) Virginia, 6 November 1860, and they had two children. The Washingtons lived at his family home, Beall Air, in Jefferson County. However, when the Civil War began, Lewis Washington joined the Confederate army and Ella Washington went to her parents at Clover Lea where she remained through out the war. After the war, the Washingtons returned to Jefferson County, West Virginia, where Ella Washington made a living working to procure pardons for former Confederate soldiers. After her husband's death, she remained at Beall Air until selling it and moving to New York, New York, to be with her son in 1888. Her attempt to sell Beall Air resulted in a long legal dispute with the United States Treasury Department. Ella Washington died in New York City 17 January 1898, and was buried in the Zion Church yard cemetery in Jefferson County.
Cataloging source
Vi
Form designation
Diary
Location of originals duplicates
Historical Society of York County
Label
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Extent
13
Immediate source of acquisition
Historical Society of York County
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
000502043
Reproduction note
Photostats (negative).
Type of unit
leaves.

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