Thursday, 9 March, 1865

A tolerably good day. I went with Bill in the store room & measured out the molasses for the government, had to sell the barrel with it at $40, not paid for though. Bill went up with Jim & from there to Lieut. Haws & to old Capt. Timberlake’s to try & get a horse. – – Ju came down this evening. I loaned him $1200. Sent Ju some beef by Jim when he carried up the government tythe. Bill did not return tonight. Accompanying Capt. Henry & Mr. Thomson.1 2 Came to spend the night, & to beg or borrow corn for Lee’s army. – – Salted the beef by candlelight & tyed the tallow after supper. – – Sent Will’s carboy with three gallons of syrup as a present.3

  1. Confederate war records show a Captain James H. Henry, a member of Thomas H. Carter’s Light Artillery Company. Henry enrolled in the summer of 1861 at Bond’s Store near Rumford Academy. The KW 1860 US Census lists a James H. Henry, a clerk about 40. Probably not coincidently, the James H. Henry who enlisted at Bond’s store was soon recorded as a sergeant and clerk. He was detailed almost immediately to Richmond as a clerk. In 1863 he appears as a Corporal on the Muster Rolls of a Local Defense (Home Guard) company comprised of War Department clerks. In late 1864 he leaves the War Department and in mid-January, 1865 requests an honorable discharge. Later he reports that he has accepted “another position.”  (back)
  2. There is a Geo. W. Thompson listed in the 1860 KW US Census. A native of Caroline County, he would be about 47, a farmer probably living in the Rumford area. Past the usual age of conscription, he is listed in Lieut. Haw’s Ledger as being conscripted in 1864 for “Light Duty” because of “Private Necessity.”  (back)
  3. This entire entry was missing from the transcript, one of the transcriber’s rare oversights.  (back)