April 1863

Page from Goodrich Diary, Arkansas History Commission

Page from Goodrich Diary, Arkansas History Commission

April 1, 1863

In school. nothing new. The soldiers come up and knock down men and rob them. A squad called to me and halted me tonight and said if I did not [stop], they would shoot me. I went on. (Paid $25.00 for board.)

April 2, 1863

In school. Nothing new.

April 3, 1863

Good Friday. Holy day. Saw Doctor Wright. [He] said I could get a place in his brother’s regiment as clerk in the Quartermaster’s office or Sergeant Major. He wants me to go to El Dorado this summer [and] stay a month or so. He will give me cloth for pants and coat, jeans, winter stuff. Pleasant place. Wants me to write about a week before I go and tell when I start.

April 4, 1863

Saturday. Down the street. Saw Dr. Wright [and went] round with him all day.

April 5, 1863

Sunday. At church. Afternoon, out to Jacob’s with [Capt.] Syberg. (Paid $2.75 for tax on land.)

April 6, 1863

In school. Mathews has gone into the army. Got some of his scholars. Dr. Wright left yesterday morning. I lent him Friday 12 dollars. He promised to pay me that, likewise the five dollars that he has owed me ever since we joined the army, but the scoundrel has gone off without saying a word about it. I have been disappointed in that man. He is a knave and a thief. I am sorry for him. He promised me on his honor that he would come in and pay before he went, but he slipped off from the camps without ever coming in even.

April 7, 1863

In school. Nothing new.

“Rosewood” —  Mrs. Fulton rented it to Goodrich as a school and boarding house in 1863-4.  Arkansas Historical Archives

April 8, 1863

Got Mrs. Fulton’s house [“Rosewood”] where Mathews was for $275 a year [to use as my school]. Moved ($4.00). Sam Adams moved for me. Feel tired.

April 9, 1863

In school. Several new boys.

April 10, 1863

In school.

April 11, 1863

Saturday. Down the street. Nothing new. Rainy afternoon.

April 12, 1863

Sunday. At Syberg’s. Went to Jacob’s.

April 13, 1863

In school. Have 44 scholars. Rainy.

April 14, 1863

In school. Cold.

April 15, 1863

In school. Nothing new. [Lewis] Kumpe and [John] Murphy have to go over the river to the Capitol Guards.

April 16, 1863

In school. Nothing new.

April 17, 1863

In school. Capt. [John D.] Adams got home. Down the street. Nothing new. At Presbyterian church. Revival amongst soldiers by the Methodist.

April 18, 1863

Saturday. Down the street. At Syberg’s. [He was] telling me [of] his old scrapes. (Paid $5.00 for tobacco.)

April 19, 1863

Sunday. At Jacob’s. (Paid $3.00 for whiskey.) Saw Capt. [Frank O.] Snow there.

April 20, 1863

In school. Nothing new. At church. Mrs. Adamson promised to wash for me and do my mending for five dollars a month. This month she charged me a dollar for a little thread that she used in mending my shirts. At church with her. Have 50 names of boys on my list [of students].

April 21, 1863

In school. Rainy. Nothing new. At Graves’. Mrs. Graves says that the Presbyterian women here prayed for her in their prayer meetings when Dr. Scheifler was living thinking that she was committing adultery with him.

April 22, 1863

In school. Gave boys [a] holiday in the forenoon [when they] said there was a parade. [They] lied.

April 23, 1863

In school. Been [boarding] here just a year [at Mrs. Adamson’s]. Evening, at church.

April 24, 1863

In school.

Goodrich's 1863 School Roster written on blank tax receipts; Arkansas History Commission

Goodrich’s 1863 School Roster written on blank tax receipts; Arkansas History Commission

April 25, 1863

Saturday.

April 26, 1863

Sunday. At Syberg’s.

April 27, 1863

In school. Called on Mrs. Adams.

April 28, 1863

In school. Nothing new.

April 29, 1863

In school. Nothing new. At Syberg’s.

April 30, 1863

In school. Whipped Burgeoine. His mother came up & raised a fuss.

Footnotes

Matilda Frances [Nowland] Fulton was the widow of William Savin Fulton who served as Arkansas’s last territorial governor and as one of the first U.S. Senators for Arkansas. He died in 1844 but his wife lived until 1879. She owned property in Little Rock including a house known as “Rosewood” which she rented to the State as a school for the blind in 1868. This was the same house in which Goodrich conducted his school in 1863 and later rented from her as a boarding house. Mrs. Fulton did not want to live in the house after her husband mysteriously expired in 1844 while sleeping in one of its freshly painted rooms. Rosewood no longer exists. It sat at the corner of 18th and Springs Streets on the grounds of the present day Governor’s Mansion, approximately two miles south of the Arkansas River.

Lewis Kumpe was the 20 year-old son of John Kumpe, a confectioner from Germany. Kumpe and Goodrich served together in Company A [the “Capitol Guards”], 6th Arkansas Infantry.

John Murphy and Goodrich served together in Company A [the “Capitol Guards”], 6th Arkansas Infantry. According to his grave marker in Mt. Holly Cemetery, John died in 1864.


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