Found it raining when we awoke this morning. – – Bill and Zac went out floating after breakfast and caught some twenty odd shad. How much Zac enjoys home and a short respite from the Army. Poor child came home with a broken down horse and he in tatters and rags, except his jacket and pants. I cut his hair and gave him soap and water and a change of cloths, and I am sure he must feel like a new person. I repaired his jacket and pants, which needed some repairs, and gave him a suit of Bills to put on. Sent Tom to Ju’s for some garden seed and sent him a plate of butter. He wrote a note back by him. Cheering news if true. Rumor says Lee’s giving Grant a tremendous whipping at Amelia C.H. The cannons have been roaring ever since yesterday evening.1 – – Sowed a row of peas.
- The roaring cannons Caroline heard were likely fired in celebration. Generals Grant and Lee had signed the terms of surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at 4 o’clock the previous day at Appomattox. (back)