We arose this morning thinking to pass the day quietly and undisturbed. Bill took Washington after breakfast and went over the river to Mr. Henley’s to enquire what they needed most. Mrs. Henley had dusted one of her flour barrels to get enough to thicken soup for the children’s breakfast. Nothing was left for them to subsist on. As soon as he returned I fixed a bag of meal, ½ bushel flour, bucket of butter, quarter of lamb and a basket of shad for Bill to return with immediately. Just as he was about to start, some of the servants discovered the whole army returning by the same route they took yesterday, some to Walkerton, some to Dunkirk and other places to cross. We were then thrown into a state of despair, knowing they would have to pass through the County, and long before night heard they were crossing at Walkerton. Bake sent Washington to her Uncle Hill’s.1 They captured him, but he gave them the slip and came home. – – They captured the mule I hired to Mr. Slaughter Tuesday. I could sit in my chamber and count the wagons on the King and Queen side as they passed Mr. Henley’s. Bill is afraid to go over. Large fires have been burning in King and Queen today. The Mill and other houses at Walkerton are in ashes. I’ve divided what meal I had with several, ½ bushel to Mrs. McGeorge, ½ bushel to the family at Locust Point and 1 bushel to Ju.2 – – Bake had a chill today. – – 5th Sunday from Church.
- Again, more evidence that James Hill King, husband of Caroline’s sister Rosina, is called Hill. I have added the apostrophe. (back)
- I have not been able to place Locust Point. Sandy Point? Locust Dale? Locust Grove in King & Queen? All could have been ransacked. Caroline may be a bit rattled by this point. (back)