Thursday, December 1, 1864

A most beautiful day. I commence looking for Hardie about 2 o’clk. and looked from that time till ½ past nine, and then retired feeling a little indisposed. Bake sat up till he and Garland arrived about ten. The former is recovering from a severe attack of illness on board ship, was despaired of for 2 days. Thank God he has escaped every peril and once more welcomed to his home. Left Paris for the Confederacy in August. Has encountered many perils and after a voyage of three months, reached Wilmington on Saturday in the “Old Dominion.” 1 Mr. Hanes has come for Rose. – – Mary is almost dying to see her. I shall hate so much to part with her. I almost look upon her as one of my own children and she will be so much grieved at the idea of leaving us. While she is anxious to see her Mother and Father, she is opposed to going home. Shakespeare seems very much fatigued. Bartlett rode him to the “Piping Tree‚” and then hitched him to Mr. Hanes’ buggy and both came together, and Bartlett led the mule. They left him this side the “Piping Tree‚” were afraid to leave him in the other side they were on, on account of robbers, they are so bad. – – Put up bed curtains and window curtains in my chamber today. Parky did one set of the Parlor curtains yesterday. Made Bill a couple pair drawers today. – – Bill had the sheep brought over, losing one in the road field. – – Hardie collected the money from Mr. Wilson.2

  1. For more information try Confederate Blockade Runner 1861-65, Angus Konstam (New Vanguard, 2004)   (back)
  2. Mission accomplished. The debt first mentioned on 11 July has been collected. But from whom? Mr. Wilson does not reappear and we may never know what transaction precipitated the debt. However, speculation is allowed. From Green Mount we learn of a Capt. Straughan Wilson of Portsmouth, Virginia who a couple years earlier was in charge of the Commissary in Ayletts. He also had a clerk, another Mr. Wilson. This Mr. Wilson may have been Samuel Wilson a merchant in Ayletts a decade earlier who is mentioned (rather unfavorably) in In Old Virginia. Sam worked for Dr. Fleet during the war and does not always come off well in Green Mount as well. Coincidently (?) Sam had a son named Straughn, a friend and neighbor of Bennie Fleet who died from battle wounds 8 October, 1864. I have not been able to find any connection between the family of Sam Wilson, Capt. Straughan Wilson of Portsmouth, his clerk another Mr. Wilson, or the man Hardie collected 1,000$ from. My speculation is that a Mr. Wilson who did business in Aylett received 1,000$ worth of goods from Woodbury. To pay for it he gave a note to be drawn on his account with Moore and Turner in Richmond. However from this entry it would seem Hardie received the money personally from Mr. Wilson in Richmond. Back to Square One? If our readers have any suggestion as to these Wilsons or what the 1,000$ debt was all about I would love to hear them.  (back)

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