We continue this month’s series of diary entries from Isabella Wunderly Campbell, who became Wyoming’s first lady in 1872. Isabella was a 19 year old living in Washington, D.C., during the eventful April of 1865. Her daily diary entries give insight into her experiences during the final days of the Civil War, which ended 150 years ago this month.
Thursday, April 13, 1865
This is Holy Thursday and quite a great day in the Catholic and Episcopalian churches. Mrs. Robbins and Miss Tyson called this morning. Mrs. Smith also spent the morning and lunched with us. I have been helping to get the house fixed for an illumination tonight. Judge Peck’s intend to also. I think it will be splendid. 10 pm Tired out walking and looking. I can only say the whole thing has been a grand success. The most splendid ever known in this country or even in the world. Even the Smith’s(?) made a little light in their houses. Glory enough.
The April 13 “illumination” was so large in Washington, D.C., that the merchants nearly sold out of candles.