MsC 12

  Manuscript Register


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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Biographical Note

Silas B. Silver was a physician in Glenville, Harford County, Maryland, in the mid-nineteenth century. Silver’s 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 Maryland’s 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. Silver’s 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. Silver’s medical practice was noted in his diary. He listed each patient’s illness, his prescribed treatments, and often made some personal comment about the patient’s life.

Box List

Box 1

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.

Digitized diary