Kate Stone was a twenty-five years old refugee living with her mother and sisters in Texas, having fled from her northeastern Louisiana plantation home in spring 1863. Her entry on this date lauds John Wilkes Booth for his murder of President Lincoln, saying that "he has rid the world of a tyrant and made himself famous for generations." She goes on to say that Lincoln and Seward have "reaped their just reward." She is also trying to digest the conflicting news about Confederate reverses in Virginia and North Carolina and notes the "gloom on every face." Finally, with the awareness that Confederate defeat and the emancipation of the family slaves are imminent, she wonders about any insecure future. (By John Osborne)
Kate Stone, Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone, 1861-1868, ed. John Q. Anderson (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1955), 332-335.
Transcription adapted from Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone, 1861-1868 (1955), edited by John Q. Anderson
Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College