Monday, 17 April, 1865

A lovely day. The soldiers left ½ past ten, the children, Bake, Pigeo and Nannie with Martha, along with them to call on Hal. Nan rode Shakespeare, Pigeo, Sheridan and Bake, Bill’s horse.1 – – The boys walked with the soldiers as they rode out in the direction of Walkerton. Returned and found me in the garden. We cut the asparagus and over the garden. We all came out and they took a snack and went on floating. The rest of the day passed off quietly and pleasantly. Patsy cooked dinner, Uncle Bartlett’s family went visiting. Laid off a piece of ground for Frederick and loaned him a plough. All of his family assisted him in getting off the stocks and preparing for planting corn. The Yankees have set them free, but as yet have done nothing for them. Various rumors are afloat as to what they are going to do. The children returned at twilight. They heard this evening that Lincoln was killed in a Theater in Washington by Booth. A few days since. It’s rather absurd I think, but nothing is strange now. Powerful commanding has been going on all day or rather minute guns have been firing it is said on that occasion. Well, I only hope all’s for the best. Willie Boykin came with the children and took supper and returned home. – – Quite a disturbance took place in the office after we had retired, between Frederick and his wife. Dellah came running to the house for me, and frightened us right much at first. – – Some trading carts came to spend the night and see about getting shad. I let them remain. – – The boys came in to supper, but went out again.

  1. Sheridan was one of the Yankee horses appropriated for use at Woodbury after Sheridan’s troops raided 16 March. The Union cavalry abandoned many worn-out horses in the vicinity of White House after their long, difficult trip from the Shenandoah Valley.  (back)

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