|The Old Stone House|
Kate Dawes, also a niece of Julia's, lived with the Cutlers. They lived in the Old Stone House which was built about 50 years prior to 1861 by Julia's father, Ephraim Cutler. It was often damp and some folks suspected that the house itself contributed to the frequent illnesses of its occupants, especially the children.
In January of 1861, General McClellan was still formulating a plan to attack the Confederates. His notion was to have one decisive battle. Lincoln was eager for the army to move.