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Ellen Adair was a sweet, somewhat silly 17-year-old and well into her second year at Hollins Institute when one day in January 1863, with the Civil War showing no sign of ending anytime soon, her father unexpectedly showed up to take her home. Ellen’s idyllic days as a Hollins student were ending, and fate held cards it had yet to show. Diary entries from the period show the impact of war on a formerly quiet part of the state.
Civil War, American South, Ellen Adair, Ellen Adair Waldo, Ellen Adair Gooch, Hollins Institute, Hollins College, Hollins University, College students, Women's history, Southwest Virginia, Virginia, Giles County Virginia, Family life, Archives, Diaries
Higher Education | Social History | United States History | Women's History
Darlene Richardson. "The Civil War in Southwest Virginia," Hollins Magazine 63, no. 3 (January-March 2013): 24-27