Skip to content

Kate Stone’s Civil War: Our best fancy yellow organdies

May 25, 2014

KS63

From 2012 to 2015, Stillness of Heart will share interesting excerpts from the extraordinary diary of Kate Stone, who chronicled her Louisiana family’s turbulent experiences throughout the Civil War era.

Learn more about Stone’s amazing life in 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865 and beyond. Click on each year to read more about her experiences. You can read the entire journal online here.

(Photo edited by Bob Rowen)

Stone offers a slice of springtime social life in East Texas as friends and neighbors come and go.

May 25, 1864

Tyler, Texas

We have bidden Julia and Mrs. Payne farewell this evening. “It may be for years and it may be forever,” as they return to Camden the entire cortege, Negroes and all. Maj. Street sent an ambulance for them and they secured a wagon here. Julia is perfectly delighted to go back, but Mrs. Payne is not so pleased. I surely would let that strong, healthy Major come for me. I would not travel 200 miles over rough jolting roads to meet him. But then I am not in love with him and she is. That makes a vast difference, I suppose. I spent the night with her, and we sat up nearly all night having our last confidential chat together.

Thursday Julia and I, dressed in our best fancy yellow organdies, went calling with Mamma. Found nearly everyone out. Julia and I deserted Mamma and perambulated around town looking for flowers, stealing them through the palings and decorating our heads with them. At Mrs. Wells’, we were regaled on huge slices of poundcake and fine music. Jimmy Stone and I rode out to see Mrs. Prentice. She likes Jimmy very much and says he reminds her so of her young son Horace, who died at about his age. The ride was delightful through the woods, sweet with the wild grape fragrance.

Jimmy Stone has gone to the prairie [Lamar County], and Johnny is lost without him. Our usual succession of visitors — boys, officers, doctors, and ladies.

About these ads

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Hammermarks

Wendy Edsall-Kerwin's Journey as an Artist

The Waterthrush Blog

birds, science, and other cool stuff

NB Politicus

News and Comment from New Britain, Connecticut

My Truant Pen

Look in thy heart and write

The Drunkbirder™

...Birding From The Hip Flask.

GenieGrrl

the random fumbles and grumbles of a girl hurtling thru' life and cyberspace...

Kelly Miyuki

Bimbo Talk :: As Random As it Can Be

Random House Academic News and Author Essays

RI32's WEBLOG

Blogging For Sharing and Inspiring : Tutorial, Belajar, Programming, Live Demo, Online, Free, Download, Source Code, Website, Sistem, Informasi, IT, Aplikasi, Komputer, PHP, MySQL, Matlab, Mapserver, GIS, JAVA, JQuery, NetBeans, Android, Pemikiran, Dakwah Islam, Charity, Community, Socialpreneurship, Agus Sumarna, Nurfitri Annuurii, Muhammad Fattan Imtiyaz.

ALEX P. VIDAL'S BLOG

This site is all about the articles written by Alex P. Vidal

Orangekite1's Weblog

Afghanistan Today, your portal to the United States' growing nightmare abroad.

The Pediatric Insider

happy, healthy, safe

Stars and Rainbows

"Life is much too important to be taken seriously..."

Reinke Faces Life

Wasting your time with things I find interesting, amusing, or enraging. Reinke does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations

Tony Seed's Weblog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Trust Me, I'm a Storyteller

short stories, great fiction, saving the short story, story anthologies, writers and readers of fiction

Hey Sparky! What Time Is It?

It's always time for something...

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 5,248 other followers

%d bloggers like this: