Friday 4th [October 1861]
No Will yet.
Johnny is very silent and rather blue I think. He said young Charles Minor has been recruiting in Madison and Greene counties trying to raise an artillery company. If they do not succeed Johnny will join Pendleton’s Artillery. J. has been first lieutenant of cadets at the University of Virginia all the summer and has had to drill them every day. It has had a bad effect upon him and increased his stammering very much. He perseveres and would go on but it got worse and worse every day. There were some commands that he could not give at all for a week or two, and then those would be easy and another set impossible. Bless his heart. I know what a trial it is to him for I can sympathize with him.