March 12, 1864
Mr E drilling the Home Guards. Father very busy putting down his long projected Flume. To me it seems but the beginning of sorrows. He was unfortunate in having rain after so long a spell of fine weather to begin it in & today all hands are driven from the work by a sudden & rapid rise in the river. He dined here today & yesterday but left hurriedly for fear of being cut off by the water in the Beaver Dam. Sarah Dunlop & her sister & their escort home, Mr Corbin Carr, also dined with us. Set two Dorking Hens on 24 eggs & 4 Bremen Geese on forty eight today. Ah! Mrs Edmondston you were born methinks “to love pigs & chickens.”
Gen Ransom has seized & holds Suffolk & has beaten up Butler’s quarters within five miles of Norfolk. Well done General Mat! I ought to quote to myself the adage “A prophet is not without honour,” etc., for certainly I never expected it of him but was prepared for failure when I heard he was in command. The victory in Florida most decisive. The Yankee press are bitter over the fact that 2500 lives were lost in an attempt to secure an Electoral vote for Mr Lincoln. How does the dear people like that? Bombardment of the forts below Mobile has commenced. I wonder whether in earnest or not? But time will show.
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