Friday, 17 June, 1864

The first warm day we have had since the 1st of June. We commenced culling wheat today with the hands, Jim, Frederick and Bartlett.1First appearance of Woodbury slave Frederick. – – Had a fine quarter of lamb for dinner. Martha cooked first cucumbers. Mr. Lipscomb took dinner and supper today. He and Zac went out in the boat tonight. – – Bill walked away to hear the news. Heard the Yankees were crossing at Walkerton tonight. Don’t know how true it is.2This was Sheridan’s cavalry returning from Trevilian Station. They had been living at least partly “off-the-land” for a week. Thus they chose to forage deep into King & Queen County before doubling back and crossing into King William at Dunkirk. However, Sheridan reported that “None (supplies) can be obtained south of the Mattaponi, between this point (Dunkirk) and the White House.” While KW was already well-scoured, Sheridan’s men were hungry and, fresh from battle, on edge. It would be a long 48 hours in central King William for all concerned until the Federals crossed the Pamunkey and rejoined Grant. Sent Mrs. C. Garrett 4 or 5 pounds of butter and a cooler of buttermilk by Martha after breakfast.3The name here is very faded but I believe Caroline wrote Mrs. C. (Camm) Garrett instead of the C. Barrett transcriber saw. I can find no Barrett family close by. – – Little Cobb ploughed some today. 4There were three Cobb families living close to the Littlepages in according to the 1860 census. All three had teenage or young adult boys in the 1860 Census. The youngest would have been James, about 16 in 1864.

3 thoughts on “Friday, 17 June, 1864”

  1. How does she have more butter today than yesterday? And is she making pickles out of the cucumbers?

    Sorry… hope I’m not a pain in the you-know-what. Love you, Dad!

  2. There are no bad questions.* Butter has a relatively short shelf life. It must be kept cool or go rancid. So butter was made, and distributed, frequently. On a plantation like Woodbury it probably would have been made almost daily. (Milk goes bad too unless chilled. And one could consider cheese another milk preservation technique.)

    Today we usually think of cucumbers when we see the word pickle. “Ain’t necessarily so.” Pickling is a food preservation technique. Almost anything organic can be pickled for later consumption. We’ll have to wait to see if Caroline writes about pickling in later posts. Right now I think they will enjoy them fresh from the garden.

    Here is an interesting website you might like:

    *Actually there are poor questions. If I get some I’ll try to make improvements. :)

    1. So they were eating “cooked” cucumbers? I have mucho to learn!

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