Monday, 28 November, 1864

A pretty morning. I arose quite early, wrote in my journal. I wrote a letter to Pigeo and one to Liv. Also wrote to Col. Robt. Ould, Commissioner of Exchange to forward Liv’s letter by the T&T Flag of Truce boat to Point Lookout, and sent the letters by Tom when he carried the horse up for Bake early this morning.1 Also enclosed Zac’s letter to Pigeo in mine. – – Cut out 16 yds. double cloth out of the loom this morning for Patsy to wash and boil for the boys’ drawers. – – Had the turnips taken up in front of the house and carried to the barn for the bees, soon after Bake came. Mr. James King came to bring orders from Lieut. Haw to Bill to prepare rations for several days and meet with as many of his guard as he can notify at Brandywine at nine o’clk. this evening.2 I am very sorry, as we intended killing 19 hogs commencing 12 tonight. So, Bill thinks it best to defer it till he returns. Bake and I are feeling a little indisposed tonight. I walked to the barn about sunset and saw Bill start on a mule. Had the barn door locked and left the corn house open for the shuck corn to be thrown in. – – I am notified to deliver the tithe of wheat to the Government tomorrow.

  1. A Flag of Truce boat safely conveyed exchanged prisoners and documents – including letters – between hostile forces. I do not know the significance of the T & T.  (back)
  2. Although not appearing as such on the Gilmer map, the community known as Brandywine appeared on several pre-civil war maps of King William. It was located near the present community of Manquin. On the Gilmer map it is noted by the Drewry family residence on the road between the New Castle Ferry and Ayletts.  (back)