Text Version of the Diary

Elsie Diary Text Part 1

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Epilogue: “Only two left…”

Book IV:
Epilogue: “Only two left…”
1869 and beyond
“As the years have gone by all of my brothers have passed away except one. We two are the only ones left of nineteen children.”

Elsie’s story concludes. She marries, returns to search for Joe Stratton’s grave.

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“My poor, grief-stricken mother…”

Book III, Section 3:
“My poor, grief-stricken mother…”
1868 to 1869
“…her own heart was torn and bleeding. She was like a ship without a rudder tossed by the angry waves of a stormy sea.”

The Duncan family’s hardships continue with horse thieves, gun fights and serious illness.
The Diary of Elsie Caroline Duncan Hurt — Book III, Section 3: “My poor, grief-stricken mother…”

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“We waited in silent prayer…”

Book III, Section 2:
“We waited in silent prayer…”

1866 to 1867
“Joe … took a sledge hammer with him to the jail.”

Jailbreak attempt. Joe decides he’ll either break his brother out of jail or die in the effort.
The Diary of Elsie Caroline Duncan Hurt — Book III, Section 2:
“We waited in silent prayer…”

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“Condemned to be hanged…”

Book III, Section 1:
“Condemned to be hanged…”
April 1866 to January 1867
“I saw Brother Joe standing there and Mother had her arms around him. She was crying and Pappy was standing there looking down. I ran back into the house and told Margie that they had hung Jim.”

Bad goes to worse for Elsie’s family as the sheriff arrests her brother Jim and another brother decides to take the law into his own hands. Click the link below to read more of Elsie’s story.
The Diary of Elsie Caroline Duncan Hurt — Book III, Section 1:
“Condemned to be hanged…”

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“Afraid for night to come…”

“At night when we laid down on our beds to rest we never knew what the morning would bring forth. We only could watch and pray and hope for the best.”

Book II, Section 3:
“Afraid for night to come…”

April 1865 to April 1866

War’s end brought no peace for Elsie’s family. Click the link below to read more of Elsie’s story.
The Diary of Elsie Caroline Duncan Hurt — Book II, Section 3:
“Afraid for Night to Come…”

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“In the hands of God”

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“Booked for more trouble.”

“If we had to die we would die fighting. So I got the shovel and the other girl got the tonges–then we waited.”

Book II, Section 1:
“We were booked for more trouble.”
Spring 1863 to Early 1864

With the men gone off to war and bands of guerillas roaming the area, the Duncan family’s terrors continue long after the Battle of Shiloh. Click the link below to read more of Elsie’s story.
The Diary of Elsie Caroline Duncan Hurt – Book II, Section 1: “Booked for more trouble.”

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