Saturday, May 30, 2015

Tuesday, May 30th, 1865

To day I am still at Booths. Capt. Harrison and I rode out squirrel hunting with tolerable success. The crowd left Booths on the cars for Houston giving us a little more room. Nothing from home [Houston County]. Weather clear & hot.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Monday, May 29th, 1865

To day I am still at Booth's. Capt. Harrison and I took a long hunt after squirrels. In fact I am now willing to hunt all the time in order to occupy my mind and keep it from dwelling all the time upon home. A large party of gentlemen came over on the cars from Beaumont and put up at Booths, entirely crowding us out. Be it remembered that the President of the United Sates (Andrew Johnson) issued his proclamation liberating and freeing all the negro slaves in the south. and by this high handed and unlawful act I am deprived of nearly all my property that I have been working for for the past 30 years nearly all the Capital that I had being invested in that species of property. Weather clear & hot.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sunday, May 28th, 1865

To day I am still at Booths, and loafing around the house. Nothing as yet from the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp]. My patience is becoming pretty well tried, and I confess I am beginning to become "restive under the trial." Weather clear and very hot.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Saturday, May 27th, 1865

To day I am still at Booths. Capt. Harrison and I went out squirrel hunting with pretty fair success. The excitement produced in the community by the lawless acts of the soldiers is now subsiding a little. Nothing as yet from home. Weather clear and very hot.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Friday, May 26th, 1865

To day I am still at Booth's. Col. Wrigley & a large party of old Confederate soldiers left on the train for Houston. No news from home. I am becoming quite weary awaiting the arrival of the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] & children. Weather clear & hot. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Thursday, May 25th, 1865

To day I am still at Booth's. Today another large party of soldiers after stealing all they could find around in the County left for Beaumont on the cars. Capt. Harrison, Lt. Edwards, Mr. Felkins & I went down to Mr. Cole's and found him gone to parts unknown. Weather clear & very hot.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wednesday, May 24th, 1865

To day I am still at Booth's. The soldiers who destroyed and carried away all the property they could find left on the cars for Beaumont in order to sack that place. Be it remembered that Genl. E.K. Smith surrendered to Genl. Canby the Trans-Mississippi department which finally winds up the war ingloriously to the South. Weather clear and very hot.