Monday, 11 September, 1865

Still very warm. I had some ten or twelve gallons molasses reboiled this morning and returned to the barrel, and was warping a piece of cloth when Martha ran in and said the Yankees were coming in armed with muskets and bayonets. I came up the steps and met them. A Yankee sergeant inquired where the manager on this place was. I told him he had gone to Baltimore. They then inquired if there was no other. They wished to see the young man who whipped that boy. – – Frederick came along with them and stood in my presence and told several falsehoods and tried to look me in the face while doing it. Said he had been to W. Point and gotten a house and intended taking his family there. I am sorry to part with Parky, as I had assured her this summer that as long as I had a house and home she might feel satisfied of having one, and said she never expected to leave me. The Yanks had orders to take Hardie to Williamsburg. I described the case to them as nearly as I could and thought it had been greatly exaggerated and it being the first whipping I ever knew him to give one. He was not aware of giving a severe one at all. Hardie has always been of a meek, gentle nature and I did not think he would have done a thing of that kind intentionally.1

  1. Federal military records for 1865 show an small posting of troops (18) at West Point at the end of August. A month later that number was down to 7. These are the only two months after the war records indicate troops were station there. On the other hand, US troops were stationed in Williamsburg in larger quantities until 1869.  (back)