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Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 25: Potpourri (search)
r let me take it South and put it in cotton for you. All right, I replied; only let me first have a piece clipped off to make a breast-pin for mother; which was done next morning. The little pin was made, my mother wore it for years, my sister has it now and my little daughter is to have it. Uncle B. took the three-quarter moon of gold with him, and I cannot recall ever thinking of it again until the fall of 1865, just after I was released from prison. I was on the border line of Albemarle and Orange Counties, Virginia, helping my brother, Randy, to harvest a little corn crop, which he had cultivated on shares, after getting out of prison in the spring. It was toward the gloaming and I was seated on a pile of corn, which we were anxious to finish that night. A solitary horseman came riding across the open country from the direction of the railroad, evidently an ex-Confederate cavalryman, and as we all, in those days, seemed to have a sort of intuitive knowledge of each ot