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Sarah Lois Wadley was not in Tennessee during the Fort Henry and Fort Donelson Campaign; she was living in a small town along the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern R.R. in northern Louisiana. And in a diary she had kept since 1859, now 18-year old Sarah recorded her own thoughts and news reports in regard to the fight at Fort Donelson on pages 61 and 62: "February 17, 1862 -- Bad news comes in from Tennessee..." and "March 2, 1862 -- We have heard nothing but reverses: Fort Donnelson was taken by the 17th last month. And since that, Nashville has been surrendered. And now, Fort Columbus is threatened..." Sarah Wadley's Diary is available online via the Louis Round Wilson Special Collection at University of North Carolina, at the link attached below. She covered the entire Civil War (the last diary page available is for May 1865); and some of the other "items of interest" for those of us at SDG include: Sunday March 16, 1862 -- "General Price has defeated the yankees in Arkansas [Pea Ridge] and our battering ram, Virginia, sunk one of the blockading ships last week..." April 13 -- "Oh! what a time this is, the past week has been one of feverish excitement. Tuesday we received news of a great battle, near Corinth..." Easter Sunday, April 20 -- "The battle near Corinth was another added to our Victories [but it is said we had to move the army south to avoid a reinforcing army...]" Other events included in Sarah's Diary: the Fall of New Orleans; the struggle to maintain Vicksburg; and "the work of her Father (William Morrill Wadley)" who was a Railroad Superintendent in Louisiana, but who appears to have taken on a more powerful role, over time (his frequent visits to Richmond expanding into conferences involving forty other Confederate Railroad superintendents, those meetings led by Wadley, and often taking place in Georgia.) The Civil War Diary of Amite, Louisiana resident Sarah Lois Wadley is worth a read, to get a Southern civilian's take on significant events; to appreciate "the spin" provided by Southern newspapers; and to get a better understanding of "the Southern experience on the Home Front" during the war years. Cheers Ozzy References: http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/wadley/wadley.html [scroll down to Sarah Wadley's Diary] http://www.csa-railroads.com/Essays/Biography_of_William_M._Wadley.htm Bio of Railroad Superintendent Wadley at "Confederate Railroads" http://www.csa-railroads.com/ Confederate Railroads [best site available for Civil War railroads operated in the South].