Author: Julia Wilbur


“Julia Wilbur’s Diary Entries” (April 10–12, 1864) 

In these diary entries, dated April 10, 11, and 12, 1864, Julia Wilbur, a Quaker and abolitionist from New York, writes about visiting the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery, a burial ground established in Alexandria for refugees fleeing from slavery during the American Civil War (1861–1865). Wilbur worked with Harriet Jacobs providing relief services to the refugees in Alexandria when Wilbur lived there from October 1862 to February 1865. “Mr. G” refers to Reverend Albert Gladwin, who was the superintendent of contrabands appointed to assist the refugees.