By Professor William B. Gould IV


Selection from the diary, New Year's Eve, 1863.
The second book open to December 31, 1863 where WBG writes: "This Morning two coal Bargees came alongside and we again commenced coaling. About 8 bells it commenced snowing quite hard. It snowd and raind alternately all day and night. We coald until 10 Oclock P.M. when we were obliged to Knock off and the account of the Storm, it blew verry hard from S.E. the Old year of (1863) went out Furiously as if it was angry with all the world because it had finished the time alloted to it. Sooner or lateer we must follow." To view a close-up of this photo, click here. (Photo by Steve Gladfelter, 2002)