Arose quite early and went out. Had feeding done and then went over to feed the hogs. – – All except Nan and Stuart left for church. Bill started first and went to Colosse. The rest of us, Bake, Pigeo and myself, went to Zion. – – Came by to see Mrs. Robins who died while we were at Zion. Cousin Lem and a good no. of the members were there, and he delivered an excellent sermon. Very appropriate for the times, spoke from the 12th chap. of Hebrews. Harden read the 69th Psalm. I was pleased to hear a letter read by Hill from Festus.1 – – Bill returned after we had finished dinner and went down and got something to eat, and about dusk had the shad, 67 I believe, put in the boat for someone he had promised them to. Took Bartlett and went down the river.
- Robert (Festus) King, about 32, is the son of James (Hill) King. His mother is Rosina [Ellett] King, Caroline’s sister. A 2nd Lieutenant in the King William Artillery, he was captured in the attack on the “Bloody Angle” at Spotsylvania Court House on 12 May, 1864. He was first sent to Fort Delaware but may have been held at Hilton Head, SC when he wrote this letter. (back)