Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sabbath, April 24, 1864

Went to Sabbath school & to meeting.  Mr. Curtis has gone to Pomeroy to Presbytery.  William read a sermon.  A hard rain toward night.  Barbara who had been over on Hocking came home very wet.  Old Mr. Timothy Cone died in Marietta to-day--he has been entirely blind for several years.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Saturday, April 23, 1864

Busy all day, very warm, for the season, and baking for the sabbath made it necessary for me to stay in the kitchen which gave me a bad headache.  I went to bed very tired.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Friday, April 22, 1864

I planted out gladiolas, verbenas, &c.   Worked all day in the garden.  John has been digging up the beds in Kate’s garden & they look very nice.  Our hyacinths are very beautiful this year, the prettiest I ever saw.  The jonquils are also fine.  The garden begins to look bright with blossoms.  
Firing cannon at Parkersburg.  Sigel’s troops passing through.  Maggie was here to tea.  I received a letter from Mr. Walton, their dear little Eddie died last Monday April 18th.

Peggy’s notes:

“Dear little Eddie” was Julia’s nephew.  He was eight years old.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Thursday, April 21, 1864

The female prayer meeting met here.  Mrs. W. D. Bailey, Mrs. Fanny Bailey, Mrs. McClure, Mrs. Burgess, Miss Emeline McClure were here -- altho our meetings are not numerously attended, they are good.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wednesday, April 20, 1864

It is curious to see how some songs seize the popular fancy.  “The battle cry of Freedom” is one of this sort, it is not only sung by the soldier on the March and in the bivouac and by the ladies at the piano, but by the mechanic, the farmer, & the boatmen and the little boys as they drive the cows to pasture sing “We’ll rally round the flag boys, We’ll rally once again, Shouting the battle cry of Freedom” &c, &c. And the kitchen girl as she washes her dishes takes up the refrain -- and even little Sarah is humming “Down with the traitor, & up with the Stars.”
I have been rearranging the plants in the two pits, and am very tired.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tuesday, April 19, 1864

We rose early to get Kate started.  She went on the Eagle, her luggage consisted of four boxes, three barrels, a carpet sack, rocking chair and traveling bag to which two more boxes were added at Marietta. Mrs. Cutler, Maggie, and little Sarah went on the boat with her as far as Marietta.  The day has been pleasant and I hope Kate will get safely home without any disaster.  Barbara, who went home last night, did not get back until all the work was done up.  Mrs. Terril washed.  She has just parted with her son John Wesley Hufford who has started to join his regiment, the 36th O.V.I.  I gave Mrs. George Roberts a great quantity of flower roots also Mrs. Terril flowers & strawberries.  Old Mrs. Butler a colored woman, on her way to visit her children in the Northern part of the state came and spent the day.
William returned from Athens where he has been on business connected with a coal project & a Mineral Railroad.  Lizzie & Sarah returned from Marietta.  Mrs. Cutler delighted her with her steamboat ride, the first she remembered to have taken.  She told her Papa she thought it much nicer than Railroad riding.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Monday, April 18, 1864

George & Nancy left on the cars this morning, also William going to Athens.  George nailed up Kate’s boxes before he went.
Mr. & Mrs. Burgess spent the after noon and took tea.  Mrs. Joel Deming, Mrs. Hart and Emeline McClure called to see Kate.  Lucy came down to spend the night & see Kate off.