Books [Mrs. I. E. Doane]
Late one afternoon word came that Confederate soldiers were passing through Salkehatchie, near Yemassee, and that her father was among them. He could not get away to visit his family, but wanted them to meet him at Salkehatchie. It did not take her mother long to make plans. She gave the children their supper, then laid mattresses in the big covered wagon, which was used to haul provisions from Charleston, and put them to bed under the watchful care of “Mudder”, who was indeed like a second mother to them. Peter drove the wagon, which was also stocked with food, and Mrs. Cummings, with the baby and her oldest son, drove in the buggy. It was very exciting, Mrs. Doane says, seeing her father and all the Confederate soldiers, but almost as exciting was the experience of camping with the other families who had also come to see soldier husbands and fathers.
Life on the plantation was very hard in those days, for everything which the family ate or wore or had need of in any way had to be manufactured at home. The family was up at dawn and glad to go to bed at night. The clothes they wore were spun and woven from their own cotton and wool. The dyes were all made at home. Wild indigo from the woods made a blue dye,