Wednesday, 30 November, 1864

The loveliest weather I ever saw. Too warm to kill pork, I am afraid. The same two Government wagons came for the balance of tithe corn. I delivered 10 barrels more, which I think is one-tenth of what we make, making 20 barrels in all, and took his receipt for the same, though he said Mr. Coalter had reported that his receipt was of no value, and so he stopped at the C.H., where Mr. Leigh, the tithe agent, was receiving tithe, and got a certificate of him.1 – – Bartlett started out by this morning for Richmond, drawn by two mules, and led Shakespeare for Hardie to ride. Told him to borrow Ju’s saddle. – – I should have taken a ride this evening to where someone is cutting wood on our premises. It has been named to me by some half-dozen, and we have never looked into it. I am very much surprised that neighbors should do such things. The wind blowing so hard prevented my going. Bill returned to supper. Postponed killing hogs on account of its being so warm. He had slept but little while away and retired early.

  1. Mr. Coalter is certainly the same St. George Coalter who was performing the same function 17 October. Mr. Leigh appears only once. There was a William J. Leigh who appears in the 1863 KW Personal Property tax rolls in KW’s Lower Parish. He was also a private in the local Company H, 9th Virginia Cavalry. But in November he seems to have been a prisoner at Point Lookout, Maryland, his second capture. William would not be paroled until after the war. There was also a John R. Leigh in the 1860 KW U.S. Census. Forty-Five in his service records in 1861 he nonetheless enlisted. He was discharged in early 1862. Oddly he seems to be 6 years younger in the 1860 U.S. Census. He appears in Lieut. Haw’s conscript ledger in spring 1864 as 47, cleared for full duty in the Reserves. Finally we have George C. Leigh, about 29 in 1864. A merchant in the 1860 U.S. Census, and a Justice of the Peace during the war, he would be appointed postmaster at Ayletts in 1865. But among his numerous quartermaster-related Confederate service papers is a pay invoice for his services as “county agent” in 1864. Now we have our tithe agent.  (back)