Sunday, 26 June, 1864

This the first Lord’s day we have been permitted to attend Church for six weeks. Bill remained at home and the rest of us attended. Zac carried Stuart by to see Ju & Mag. Left him till we returned from Church. Ju had been to see Mr. Warner Edwards, who was very sick.1 We all returned to dinner. Zac took Bake and Nan in the boat to call on Mrs. Henley. They spent a pleasant evening and returned to supper. She gave them a description of the visit the Yankees paid them last Saturday and Sunday.

  1. Warner Edwards (1802-1881), lived at “Forest Villa” southwest of Woodbury, was the father of 2nd Lieut. Kleber Edwards.  (back)

2 comments on “Sunday, 26 June, 1864

  1. Tom Brown says:

    Bibb, After reading about Hardin B, (Hardee)Littlepage I heard on the news that on June 19, 1864, the CSS Alabama was sunk by the USS Kearsarge off the coast of Fracce. I wonder if Caroline will receive a letter from Hardee about this. I found the details on The National Civil War Naval Museum website under Today in Civil War Naval History. Also, on June 17, 1863, (not long after Hardee left the CSS Atlanta for his father’s funeral) the ironclad CSS Atlanta was captured by the ironclad USS Weehawken in Wassaw Sound, Ga. Are there maps like the 1865 Gilmer Map that show Dr. Lemuel Edward’s land? Is the land owned by J. P. Johnson on the 1865 Gilmer Map that of my Great-Great-Grandfather John Pemberton Johnson(2/28/1826-2/10/1904)? My son and I share his middle name. Thanks for this great site.
    Your cousin, Tom

  2. Bibb says:

    Cousin Tom, Good to hear from you. Hardee (or Hardie – I need to look carefully at that manuscript) will be first mentioned by Caroline on 19 September when she receives a letter from him dated 4 August. In it he mentions being in Paris and having some friends leaving for home in two days. Evidently they carried the letter she is referring to. If the letter contained any information about the CSS Alabama she does not mention it. Hardee was attached to the Atlanta from November 1862 to May ’63. By the time of the ill-fated encounter he was in Nassau in transit to Europe.
    We are very fortunate to have the 1864-65 “Gilmer” map because we have so little else until the USGS maps of the 1920s. Plats associated with deeds recorded at the Courthouse were largely destroyed in the fire of 1885. I suspect there are many old plats in private hands we will never see. And I think you are correct about the J.P. Johnson on the Gilmer map being your Great-Great-Grandfather.
    Our best source of land ownership information are the yearly KW Land tax rolls which exist intact – one page missing – since 1793. No maps, but they contain a wealth of information. I have a set and use them almost daily to figure out who is who in Caroline’s journal.
    Stay tuned for some interesting developments about Hardee.

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