Wednesday, 8 June, 1864

A beautiful day. Bake walked with Nan and the little servants to get rushes for making window curtains, procured a fine parcel. After basting up a pair of pants of Zac’s for Bettie to stitch, I fitted my organdy body on. Col. McLaughlin came this evening.1 Bill spent the day out picketing. Zac returned in company with George Stacy, who remained all night. Good news from the seat of War. – – Notwithstanding, I am very much depressed in spirits this evening from certain apprehensions. – – All sat up late this evening. Bill stayed out all night.

  1. H. C. McLaughlin is mentioned in 1866 & 1867 KW PP Tax Books. He was likely Hugh C. McLaughlin, a former professor at Georgetown College in Washington, D.C and the father of J. Fairfax McLaughlin listed in 1866 & 1867 in the KW Land Tax Books. Both left KW by 1868, the land sold to Larkin Garrett. As the “Old Col.” does not appear in the tax books until after the war, it appears he is boarding with a local family, and doing some teaching in the community.  (back)