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Ellen Douglas Bellamy Journal

Identifier: SC-MS-067

Scope and Contents

This collection consists entirely of photocopies of pages from a journal or school exercise book kept by Miss Ellen Douglas Bellamy during the Civil War. Some time later, possibly in the 1870s, the journal was used as a scrapbook and printed clippings were pasted over the handwritten text. The collection includes copies of pages both before and after clippings were stripped away.

The later clippings are primarily selections from popular magazines and are characteristic of sentimental Victorian didactic verse; eulogizing lost loves, dead children or the the fallen dead of the Confederacy or reminders of the transitory nature of worldly existence. A few of the printed entries can be dated and the author is given; most, however, are from anonymous sources.

The handwritten entries in journal form are dated; many of these entries are quite brief, little more than a sentence or two about the weather, others give a slightly more detailed picture about life in Wilmington during the war. Interspersed are what appear to be brief school girl essays, copies of patriotic Confederate news articles, accounts of the depredations of barbarous Yankee invaders, sentimental verse, and what appears to be sentences written as handwriting exercises.


  • Creation: 1861-1863 (photocopies)


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United StatesĀ  copyright law.

Biographical Note

Ellen Douglas Bellamy (1852-1946) was the daughter and fifth child of Dr. John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) and Eliza Harriss Bellamy. Born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, she was the last Bellamy to live in the family's house, the Bellamy Mansion, at 503 Market Street. She published her memoirs, Back with the Tide, in 1940, sharing about her family, life at the mansion, and the enslaved people who lived and worked there. She died at the age of 93 and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.


1 Container (Contains 1 document box.)

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Acquisition Information

Method and date of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection originally processed by Patricia B. McGee in 1997. In 2015, this collection was rehoused with current archival standard material by Maya Rodgers.

Ellen Douglas Bellamy Journal
Patricia B. McGee
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository