Tuesday, 7 June, 1864

Fine growing weather. – – Zac left with Mr. Warters this morning, and came by, he and Geo Stacy, this evening with 5 prisoners on their way to Capt. Fleet’s in King and Queen.1 2 They crossed over in our boat. Martha cooked today. Parky washed. Dellah still thinning sugar cane. Martha finished thinning cotton. The two little boys, Tom and Frank, are weeding and raking walks. They are beginning to be right serviceable. Cut out a suit of mixed clothes for Zac, home manufacture, and a pair of summer pants. – – Two pair drawers for Bake and 3 Chemise for myself, all Va. Cloth. – – Nannie is knitting a pair of gloves for me. I had _?_ _?_ _?_ should be at school. I believe she has lost nearly a month. Larkin came this evening to inform Bill that 1,000 Yankees’ Cavalry had crossed over into the County at New Castle.3 4 He walked with him back, uncertain the facts before he would start his ploughs. _?_ _?_ at Larkin’s and heard they had crossed through the county via Dunkirk. 5

  1. George Palmer Stacy was born in England about 1842. His father, George Booth Stacy, brought his family to New York City the following year, establishing himself in the upholstering and furniture trade. After the death of his first wife in 1849 he moved his four young children to Richmond and married Emily Coleman Neale. Emily’s mother was Judith Edwards; both the Neale and Edwards families were residents of King William County for generations. George Booth Stacy thus began a long and successful career in manufacturing, retail, and agriculture in Virginia. His son George Palmer Stacy, while not subject to the Confederate draft, was an independent volunteer with the King William Artillery, a.k.a. Carter’s Battery, during the early years of the war. Shortly after appearing at Woodbury he was wounded during the Seven Days Battles. After recovering he enlisted with Company H, a cavalry unit composed of men from King William,“Lee’s Rangers.” He soon met Lucy Daniel Turner of King & Queen County. They would marry a year later after he had recovered from being wounded during what is now called the Gettysburg campaign. Like his father, he prospered after the war.  (back)
  2. Capt. William C. Fleet.  (back)
  3. This was Sheridan’s cavalry heading north for the Battle of Trevilian Station in Louisa County, the largest and bloodiest all-cavalry battle of the war. They had been issued light rations and forage for their horses and would travel the corridor between the Pamunkey and Mattiponi traveling to their showdown with Hampton and Lee. But returning they stayed north of the Mattiponi to better ensure fresh supplies as they were, to some degree, living off the land.  (back)
  4. New Castle was a prosperous small colonial town located on the banks of the Pamunkey River in New Kent County. Once considered as a possible capital of Virginia, it was largely abandoned by the time of the War. It remained, however, a convenient river crossing.  (back)
  5. Dunkirk was a King & Queen County tobacco port town on the Mattiponi River about ten miles upriver from Woodbury. Known as Todd’s Bridge in early colonial days, it was the site a various bridges and ferries that linked King William and King & Queen counties for almost 200 years. Today it is a field.  (back)