When I posted the drawings of the twelve students from the 1864 school for freedmen in Baton Rouge , I said I was working on transcribing the narrative that the teacher, Susan Carhart Tallman, wrote over a school form. I had several deadlines pop up over the weekend, but I made time to finish the transcription tonight. I was able to read most of the handwriting, but four words have continued to elude me, and I'm unsure of a few others. If anyone can figure out what the missing words are, or if you think I've made a mistake somewhere, please post and let me know. I will be happy to update the transcription as necessary.
I think I captured all the close-ups shown in the segment. Normally I make graphics smaller for my blog, so posts will load more quickly, but I've left these images as large as possible, to help facilitate legibility.
Here's my transcription. I did both Tallman's narrative and the form itself. I figured I might as well do it all while I was working on it.
Sun. Oct 23d Last night the Rebels attacted [sic] and robbed a place three miles below this. One man once a Major in the Union army lost some 2000.00 We do not feel very safe, here. —
Something I hadn't picked up on while watching this, but that became clear to me while transcribing the document, was that even this early the school was under the auspices of the military. The Board of Education was part of the Department of the Gulf, the students were to go everywhere in military order, and the person in charge of "the place" (the school, I believe) was a lieutenant.
One thing I'm wondering about is how Mrs. Tallman could have a partial student. The average attendance for girls was 16.2. I suppose it would make more sense if I knew what the average was computed from — daily attendance over the week, perhaps?