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Edward Rosewater diaries, 1860-1865

Edward Rosewater

Edward Rosewater

Courtesy of the American Jewish Archives

Location
American Jewish Archives (Cincinnati, Ohio) External Link
Background
Edward Rosewater (1841-1906) was a telegrapher for the War Department in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. Rosewater telegraphed Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to the public on 1 Jan. 1863.
Contents
Among other material in the collection is a diary including descriptions of part of his tenure as a telegrapher for the War Department in Washington, D.C. during the war. Rosewater telegraphed Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to the public on Jan. 1, 1863. In his diary, he describes a reception at the White House that day and briefly mentions the Proclamation.
Quotation
"Thursday January 1st 1863 War Dept Washn
... The Prest looked rather cheerful... stood in centre of Room & shook hands with every one remarked to me How do you do sir, to a lady going by before me Hows the baby?... Went to office at 10 30 Pm. [Washington] Star has Proclamation of Prest Substance setting free by his authority as Prest of US & Comdr in Chf of A. & N all slaves in States of La except some parishes named including N Orleans. Miss. Fla Tex. Ala S.C. & N.C. Ark Ga & Va excepting some Districts near Norfolk & West Va. News otherwise unimpt ..."

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