Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tuesday, July 19th, 1864

To day I went out with the boys to hunt up a beef steer but did not succeed. I loaned Genl. Beavers 40 lbs. of flour and delivered it to his girl Fanny. Josephine [Josephine Martha Hall] has recovered from her illness. Weather variable & warm with a shower of rain in the evening. Ther: 90°.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Monday, July 18th, 1864

To day the boys are engaged in hunting up a beef steer but did not succeed. Mrs. Bird came up and spent the day. I cut all the hair off of her head as close as I possibly could in order to cure the latter*. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] rode down to Mother's [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] in the evening and brought up Fanny Fitsimmons with her who has been entrusted to my care by her father to raise and take care of. Hicks ground 7 bushels of corn. Weather changeable and hot. Ther: standing at 92°. [*It was common practice for a chronically ill person to crop their hair very short.]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sunday, July 17th, 1864

To day I remained home with the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp]. Nellie [Mary Alexandrien Sharp nee Lemaire] rode down to Mother's [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] and spent the day. she returned home in the evening and brought Toby [Horace Oscar Hall] home with her. Bill made a trip with the little wagon down to the mill. Weather changeable & hot. Ther: 92°.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Saturday, July 16th, 1864

To day the boys are still at work around the King house. I went over to Mr. Keen's to repair my rifle. Mother [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] came up and spent the day. In the evening I rode down to the mill. Josephine [Josephine Martha Hall] is still sick. Hicks ground 9 bushels of corn. Weather clear & hot. Ther: 90°.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Friday, July 15th, 1864

To day the boys are still assisting me in fitting up the [King] house. Father [Joshua James Hall], Laura [Leaverton] & Isabella [Downes] came up and remained for dinner. Josephine [Josephine Martha Hall] is still sick. Bill made one trip down to the mill in the little wagon. John is still sick with fever. Hicks ground 5 bushels of corn. Weather changeable & hot. Ther: 95°.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Thursday, July 14th, 1864

To day I am still working around the King house fitting it up. Josephine [Josephine Martha Hall], John & Bill are still sick. Mrs. Keen & Thomas Keen came over & spent the evening. The little wagon made one trip down to the Mill or rather I made the trip with the wagon. Nellie [Mary Alexandrien Sharp nee Lemaire] rode down to the mill . Hicks ground 4 bushels of corn. Weather variable & hot with a shower of rain. Ther: 95°.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wednesday, July 13th, 1864

To day I am engaged with the boys in fitting up the King house in order to make it a little comfortable. We made one trip down to the mill & back with the little wagon. Mother [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] & Mrs. Leaverton came up and spent the day. Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall] has nearly recovered from his illness. Josephine [Josephine Martha Hall] is still sick. John & Bill were taken with fevers. Hicks ground 2 bushels of meal. Mother got 17 lbs of cotton. Weather variable & hot. Ther: 95°.