Monday, 26th March, 1866

Bitter cold weather, breezing all day, i.e., the water buckets and around the doors. I can’t see how anything survives in the garden. My peas do not seem to be very much injured and my plants I had blankets spread over the glasses are not materially hurt. Some of the tomato plants are killed. The wind has blown high all day, and it has certainly been an unpleasant one to me. The boys all went to the C. H., it being court day. The Negroes had a meeting there also, two or three times the no. of white men. All drew up in a line and elected their officers, made speeches, &c. How appalling to the White man. Some of them thought it worse than a Yankee raid. – – The boys returned early in the evening, having had enough of the day. How humiliating it must be to them. I feel it so sensibly myself. Bill paid me $4 he received for two pigs. – – Patsy washed today, after doing over my soap. It needed more salt. – – Bill hunted up my turkeys, and Hardie assisted him in getting them in the house. They are so wild. Have saved no eggs yet to speak of, though they have been laying some time. Jim sold 8 shad for Hardie $.25.

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