From the Hans Christian Andersen biography "The Life of Hans Christian Andersen. Day By Day", written by DPhil Johan de Mylius:


9 April

Major-general Hans Hedemann and his troops overthrow the rebels at Bov.

13 April

On the suggestion of "one of our skilful civil servants" (cf. Mit Livs Eventyr (The Fairy Tale of My Life)), HCA writes a letter to William Jerdan, publisher of The Library Gazette in London. The letter, which is published here as well as in several other international newspapers. The letter defends Denmark's cause and urges that peace and understanding between countries is the solution for Europe.

21 April

HCA's "Den Frivillige" (The Volunteer) is printed in Fædrelandet (The Fatherland) (this piece was also published as an occasional verse). HCA's prose texts (open letters) and poems concerning the war are also printed in Germany.

11 May

Departure by train to Roskilde and from here in the usual manner on to Glorup Estate (arrival on 12th). For a time, Swedish officers and soldiers are housed at Glorup and HCA is thus able to witness the mobilization and target training. He also learns that the painter J. Th. Lundbye has been killed by an accidental shot. Hears officers and enlisted men relate details from the war. Works on his novel. Goes on outings to Ørbæklunde, Ravnholt, Lykkesholm and Hesselagergaard Estates. Hears the cannonade from Als, also at night. Goes to Nyborg to greet the Swedish officers. Goes on outings to Svendborg and Frørup.

20 June

Visits the manor-house Espe (at Boeslunde, Skælskør). HCA had been invited there by the former prime minister, Count Otto Moltke. Goes on an outing to Basnæs Estate from Espe.

22 June

Travels via Slagelse to Sorø, where he stays with the Ingemanns until 29th.

30 June

Is back in Copenhagen.

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