Daily Archives: December 31, 2011

Strong closes out 1861 with gloomy forecast for new year 150 years ago today (1861)

Video: Strong's diary entry (at 1:31:08)

(Tuesday, December 31, 1861) — On the last day of 1861 during the American Civil War, George Templeton Strong, lawyer, founder of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, and accomplished diarist, wrote: “Poor old 1861…. It has been a gloomy year of trouble and disaster. I should be glad of its departure, were it not that 1862 is likely to be no better.”