Saturday, 18 June, 1864

A lovely day. Camm sent three hands to assist about wheat.1 – – Had a lamb killed this morning. Sent Mrs. Larkin Garrett a _?_ by Frank.2 – – It was a mistake about Yankees crossing at Walkerton last night. They are as thick as the locust in Egypt. Are destroying everything in their way in passing down through King and Queen by different roads. Said to be 15,000 Cavalry. Thousands of them have been in sight of the wheat fields where we are culling wheat all day, wagons and all. Have been thick in the yard at Hillsborough, and Mr. King’s just opposite, and have stripped them of everything useable.3 Bill is quite complaining and has ventured to go to bed in the house tonight. I don’t remember the last time he slept in the house. He and Zac, Mr. Slaughter, Larkin, Powell and some others took supper at Mrs. McGeorge’s this evening.4 Bill sent across the river to ascertain what the Yankees had done at Mr. Henley’s.5 They had left them nothing to subsist on, but he who fed them in the wilderness will provide for all who trust in Him. O that he would hide us under the shadow of his wings until these calamities be overpast.6 It is now ten o’clk. Zac has just bid me good night and started out with his blanket to look for a hiding place for the night. – – Bake is more desponding and downcast today than I’ve seen her since the war commenced. Poor children, their springtime of life. How is it being spent?

  1. The transcription reads “Camon.” A closer reading suggests this is Camm Garrett, identified earlier on 10 June.  (back)
  2. Probably a quarter of that lamb.  (back)
  3. Hillsborough, across and just down the river in King & Queen is mid-eighteenth century ancestral home of the Humphrey Hill and descendants. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, Hillsborough still bares scars from that June Saturday in 1864. “Mr. King’s just opposite” sounds like Sandy Point, the home of Caroline’s guests the previous Sunday.  (back)
  4. The Gilmer map shows a Mrs. McGeorge living directly across the river from the Henley’s at Hillsborough. This is likely Agnes McGeorge, about 60, widow of William McGeorge. They lived at Eglington, or adjacent to it. The McGeorges will appear often in this journal.  (back)
  5. In 1864 Hillsborough was owned by Joseph Temple Henley. This frequently appearing family name is spelled in the transcription as Henly, Hanley, and Henley. It is also variously spelled in old King & Queen County public records. I will make the spelling consistent using the modern spelling: Henley.  (back)
  6. Fans of the King James Bible will recognize “overpast.”  (back)