January 24, 1864
All day yesterday at Hascosea. Had a “set too” with all hands against my enemy the Peach tree borer. Now that I have learned his habits, I have him, I hope, at a disadvantage. Set out a young orchard of seedling peaches to the South of the house; that is, I began it for I had but fourteen trees large enough to transplant. Commenced trimming my Grape Vines, but my ignorance makes me timid. I fear the free use of the knife according to theory. I dined at H the day before having gone out with Mr E on horseback. Two delightful days! Not many such fall to us in Jan. James left on Thursday for a jaunt up the country. All quiet along our lines. Whilst setting out my trees, however, the heavy boom of cannon reverberating through the pine forest startled me not a little. It came in sad contrast to my peaceful occupation. It came from the direction of Weldon & was without doubt a Confederate Gun fired for practice, but it was a stern reminder of War & I sighed as I thought of the many sad hearts within its sound even. Apropos of guns, those we heard on the 7th were Yankee guns fired at Plymouth! We Confederates can make no such free use of powder as to practice regularly. That is a privilege of our enemies.
Source: Edmondston, Catherine Ann Devereux, 1823-1875, Journal of a Secesh Lady: The Diary of Catherine Ann Devereux Edmondston 1860-1866. Crabtree, Beth G and Patton, James W., (Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1979). http://nc-historical-publications.stores.yahoo.net/478.html