Friday 12th [July 1861]
William Blackford passed through here a few days ago with his cavalry company, from south western Virginia. He dined with us and gave us a very amusing account of their attempts at cooking. Said they bought half a bushel of rice one day, did not know that cooked rice is three or four times the bulk of raw rice. So they nearly filled a pot with it and added a little water to boil. It soon commenced to swell, and they filled first one vessel and then another until every vessel they had in camp was full even their tin cups.
Received long letters from Mother and Charley this evening.