Collection Dates: 1863
1 diary of 1 inch
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Posted to Internet: January 1998
Acquistion Note: This diary was a gift of Philip D. Sang in 1955.
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Silas B. Silver
was a physician in Glenville, Harford County, Maryland, in the mid-nineteenth
century. Silvers political leanings, while not blatantly anti-Union,
were decidedly Copperhead. He owned slaves (one of whom ran away and joined
a black regiment in Baltimore) and was very much opposed to the Emancipation
Proclamation. He opposed martial law in Maryland, was anti-draft, and
was appalled by Marylands unopposed Union Party ticket of 1863.
A gentleman farmer, Dr. Silver hired a man to work his land. However,
Silver kept close track of his investment recording farm prices as well
as the specific activities of my farmer.
Scope and Content
Dr. Silvers diary for the year 1863, includes his observations on the Civil War and politics, farming, gold prices, social events, and medicine. Dr. Silver often mentioned social gatherings, church meetings, and trips. One trip to the oceanside at Cape May, New Jersey, was described in some detail, from their swimming costumes and people they met to their travel arrangements and expenses. Finally, Dr. Silvers medical practice was noted in his diary. He listed each patients illness, his prescribed treatments, and often made some personal comment about the patients life.
1863. Entries for November 25 -- December 2 have been torn and removed from
the diary, and newspaper clippings have been glued into the back of the
Diary, 1863. Entries for November 25 -- December 2 have been torn and removed from the diary, and newspaper clippings have been glued into the back of the book.