Tuesday, 25 October, 1864

The weather is regularly cold. Killed a fine beef this morning. To my gratification, Zac came just before dinner on furlough of ten days at the expiration of which time he has to report to “Camp Lee” for duty, or he is considered a deserter. – – Just 18 years old, Sgt. J. C. Littlepage, District Mounted Reserves, Rappahannock District. “Roane” Commanding. “Col. Pause,” their first commander, distinguished himself very much in the fight around Richmond and has been promoted to “Lieut. General.”1 Zac is looking very well. Has been well treated on the Rappahannock. I want him to go to Richmond immediately for Bake while all is quiet around Richmond. Finished digging potatoes this evening. Made the best crop by far ever was made. We have cause to be thankful, that all things are as well with us as they are. We have a plenty of everything we should desire, and have had rest from the Yankees for several months in King Wm. For such mercies I am grateful to my Father in heaven. We have cause to thank him continually or may we not be unmindful of the obligations we are under to him at all times for his blessings, and endeavor to dispense all the good we can to those who need assistance. – – Dellah finished her cloth today, 42 yds. sent Ju 16 yds. plain cloth and five and a quarter double, that I had woven for him. – – Bill has sowed 87 bushels wheat, put in 29 ¾ bushels red wheat, inclusive.

  1. What a wonderful nickname. “Col. Pause” needs identification.  (back)