Darwina's Diary: A View of Champion Hill ~ 1865
Darwina’s Diary relates the experiences of Darwina Loud, a young
woman who traveled South in 1864 to help in the field of black
education. Unaware of the difficult situation awaiting her, she
Afraid that she would forget the day-to-day experiences of life at Midway Station, Darwina began to keep a little journal of daily events: “Perhaps, it will be pleasant to sit down and look over these pages and see just how ‘life in a tent’ here among the swamps and woods of Mississippi - in the lonely camp of a regiment of black soldiers - seemed like while it was passing. And, here, in this wild military life, each day seldom fails to bring its own pleasures and adventures.”
The diary reads like a verbal painting as Darwina captures the sights and sounds of Midway Station. The area would later become known as Champion Hill.
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Margie Bearss and Rebecca Drake dedicated their latest book, Darwina’s Diary: A View of Champion Hill ~ 1865. The diary, written during August-September of 1865, relates the experiences of Darwina Loud, young woman who traveled South in 1864 to help in the field of black education. A year after her arrival, she was assigned to the 52nd U. S. Colored Infantry stationed at Midway Station, Mississippi, once a railroad stop located midway between Jackson and Vicksburg and Edwards and Bolton. Darwina loved teaching the ‘slaves turned soldiers’ how to read and write while living in the “swamps and woods of Mississippi - in the lonely camp of a regiment of black soldiers.” The diary reads like a verbal painting as she captured the sights and sounds of Midway Station - an area now known as Champion Hill.
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