Wednesday, 2 November, 1864

A cloudy, gloomy day. Rose and Agy came to spend the day, the former to stay two days.1 Ju came this morning, spent an hour or two and left before dinner. Our 3rd wild goose for this week cooked for dinner today. We certainly enjoy them. – – Zac helped Bill to sow some oats, and Frederick sowed the balance. Bill went to the C.H. and returned to dinner. Zac rode to Mr. Edwards this evening. – – They all had a molasses stew tonight and enjoyed themselves pulling it. Rose and I sat in the dining room talking while they were about it. – – James King came today to bring orders relative to the Negro impressment. I concluded to purchase one to send instead of putting in one of our own.2 They have been faithful and true thus far, and I wouldn’t like to do what would be so foreign to their wishes. – – Bartlett returned tonight, brought letters and Bake’s luggage.

  1. Rose is likely Caroline’s sister, Rosena King. Agy (if that is the spelling) is perhaps a King family slave and appears only once in the journal.  (back)
  2. This would not likely be James Hill King, Caroline’s brother-in-law. But there was a James C. King, 45, who was listed as a member of the local Home Guard in Lieut. Haw’s notebook as an employee of the “Enrolling Service.” He may have been a member of the local extended King family, perhaps a cousin of James Hill King. Census records give his wife as Ethelin. Suggestions welcome.  (back)