Description: John Hancock was a Unionist congressman, judge, and lawyer in Austin, Texas, who in 1864 moved to Mexico then New Orleans, Louisiana to escape Confederate army conscription. The John Hancock diary consists of one bound journal of 210 pages, dating November 28, 1864, to June 30, 1865. Hancock kept this diary during the time he was living in New Orleans during the Civil War. He writes about the trials and tribulations of his daily life and his efforts to help other "Texas Refugees" who had less resources and influence than himself. This diary includes news of the war, the struggle to obtain and sell cotton and livestock, his meetings with Louisiana Lieutenant Governor (later Governor) James Wells and other members of the Louisiana legislature, and his sadness at being separated from his wife and child. The diary also documents meetings with other prominent Texas refugees, including A.J. Hamilton and George Denison; and later meetings with William Ballinger and Ashbel Smith, Confederates appointed by the Texas government to secure terms of peace for Texas.
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