Thursday, 17 November, 1864

We are having fine weather for gathering in corn. Make some 7, 8 or 9 loads a day. Bill started with his Guard this morning to get up the free Negro population for the service, between the ages of 18 and 50. It will surprise all a good deal I reckon, but such are the necessities of war. – – Bill did not return tonight. – – Bake, Nan, Rose and I sleep in the back chamber. We wish every day for the man to come to run the chimney, we want those two rooms so much. Bake and Nan cut turnips for yellow pickles.