Excerpt from The Diary of a Southern Lady


January 1 – I walked to town with Julia to see the soldiers and a grand sight it was to see them entering the town, with the band playing Marselaise Hymn, their guns gleaming in the sunshine and the poor fellows looking so cheerful and well. It is been a day in Yazoo City, never to be forgotten. We dined at William’s. I paid 5 Dollars for a ring at Wilson’s to give Josephine Cox.

January 10 – Mr. Jennings left this morning by the stage in company with Mr. Massey for Mobile.

January 16 – Two soldiers stopt here to warm as it is snowing. I gave them some plum wine. Lou Williams and Lou Fuqua walked here through the snow to ask for some milk to make ice cream. They both went into the parlour and talked to the soldiers, and played for them.

January 18 – Mr. Jennings arrived yesterday from Mobile. He brought me 2 doz of white spool thread for 24 Dollars, 2 papers of pins 2 Dollars, Buliver’s last novel “A Strange Store” 2.50, and several other things.

January 30 – Friday. Mr. Jennings left for South Carolina intending to be away four weeks. I lent him my carpet bag.

February 7 – Mr. Devlin paid Four thousand Dollars for his store.

February 21 – Four hundred of 2nd Texas Infantry are out here camping, two of them armed cutlass. I sent Sam with roast pork and bread to the soldiers as their provisions have not arrived yet and they were hungry. they wrote me a polite note of thanks.

February 23 – I took the children out to see the soldiers drill, with Mr. Jaque Link, who offered to accompany us to see the camps. An old white woman occupies the farthest camp. We called on her. She seemed quite comfortable with plenty of good things to eat. They fixed us a seat and kindly offered us some warm sweet cake which the old lady had been baking. She told me that she lived in Texas on the Brazos, that she had lost one son by sickness, that she remained in the camp to take care of her other son. I went home and sent her sweet milk and buttermilk.

February 27 – The soldiers that were camped out left to go up the river.

March 5 – Mr. Devlin went out to his cotton shed to deliver up 250 bales of cotton to the government.

March 10 – The three children commenced with Miss Jane Bell at the little school house.

March 11 – People are beginning to fear that the Yankees will come here.

March 12 – Mr. Devlin sent his books home.

March 14 – The 42nd and 55th Alabama and the 35 Miss. Regiments have arrived and are encamped out here. They kindly placed 6 men, 2 at each gate as guard. Sergeant Dorsey is the principal one.

March 15 – Heard the steamboat Natchez was burned.

March 16 – Mrs. Holt, Sallie, Lockie, and Nannie called here. I went in their carriage to see the dress parade. Cap Brady, Lieutenant Preston and Cap. Blank called in the evening.

March 17 – The 37 Alabama and a Miss. regiment left today.

March 18 – The soldiers all left today. We were quite sorry to part with one Guard, Sergeant John Dorsey. Thomas Aplin, James Martin, Stephen Stanley and two others whose names we did not know. Poor fellows, they were so grateful for the little luxuries that we were able to give them. They were all from Covington County, Ala.

March 21 – The 42 Ala have repulsed the Yankees, and returned here, to defend this place. The cannon arrived here by the boat and are being put up tonight. Mr. Cox sent his wagon in

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