The Diaries of Ralph Leland Goodrich, 1859-1867
school. Snow melting off rapidly. Down the street. Charles Adamson here. Stayed
to dinner. Down the street with him. Made four dollars on selling confederate
school. I turned Walter Reardon 
out of school for his insolence to me. Down the street. Paid Mrs. Fulton rent.
school. Down the street. Took a ride with [Ernest] Wiedemann [and] drank whiskey
with [him]. Got hold of Sauter [and we] drank ale [and got] drunk. Came up [the
street] with me. [When he got to] fooling [around with] the negroes, I told him
I did not want any such thing [and he] got mad and hitched off. Had a squabble
with the niggers after.
school. Down the street. Nothing new, only the fleet came up the other day. They
say that [William Edward] Woodruff is sent south of the lines for writing secesh
&c. Saw Flower in the evening.
Down the street. Saw Mrs. Adams. She said that [her son] Sam was in Virginia
& that he said he wished he was here going to school with me & that he
would learn more. Saw Sauter. Drank lager & wine with Bernoys & Cohen.
Said he would get me into the Masonic Society &c. Rather boozy up home in
the evening [but] did not show it much.
Morning at church. Charles Adamson here nearly all day. At home. [William]
Woodruff wrote a letter south saying he did not value the oath [of allegiance to
the U.S.] he had taken and other things quite as bad. The authorities resolved to send
him south & confiscate his property, but I hear that he is pardoned & is
allowed to remain.
school. Nothing new.
school. Took a ride with Wiedemann’s buggy.
school. At night, Sauter here. [He was] drunk & wanted me to go down the
street with him. It was after ten [and we] were arrested & taken to the
guard house or rather the jail till morning. 
to [the Provost] Marshal & fined ten dollars apiece. We did nothing – were
neither drunk nor noisy. It was outrageous. There is liberty indeed where the
army goes. There is a set of tyrannical puppies here that try to lord it over
school. Down the street. Nothing new. Cobb here. I want to see him tomorrow to
get my pay. Yoest here last night & said that some persons had spoken about
running me for County
Rode out with Wiedemann’s ponies. Took Minnie Schreifer. Nothing new.
At church. Charles Adamson went off today.
school. Nothing new. Sunday wrote letter home & sent.
school. Nothing new. Election yesterday and today. Everything goes on quietly.
school. Nothing new. Sauter told that he and I went on a bender together &
got put into the guard house. Had a ride with Wiedemann’s ponies. Cold. It has
been for several days.
school. Nothing new. Went out riding with Minnie Schreifer – a girl quite
pretty, about ten years old. Epstein played fiddle tonight. Delano Dodge came
in. We had a stag dance. Little warmer today. Some bushwhackers to be hanged
tomorrow at the Penitentiary. Good enough for them, though I suppose they think
they are serving their country by murdering people who are not in areas against
them. Queer kind of humanity.
school. Down the street. Nothing new. Called on Mick Egan. Yoest here in
Down the street. Bought shoes for five dollars. Running about a good deal.
Nothing new. Took a ride with ponies with Minnie Schreifer. Got one of the
ponies shod in the morning. When riding out, passed my school boys, Scotts &
Drennens, & they all commenced to yell at me like so many wild apes. They
are a regular nuisance. Joy be with them. Made one dollar today selling
confederate money. That is all I will make in that way, I fear, as it is getting
dull for sale. Got a letter from mother & one from [my sister] Augusta.
Sent one to [my brother] Jim at Pine Bluff
At home all day. Nothing new.
school. Cold. Down the street. Nothing new.
school. I had to whip Harry Drennen.
school. Nothing new. Evening, Lieut. Litherland 
& Delano Dodge here. Had a stag dance.
school. Rainy. Epstein & I went down in evening & got a gallon of Lager
& [some] cheese. Drank & ate. Report that Confederates have taken Pine Bluff. 
Warm & pleasant. Nothing new.
Wrote letter home. At church. Nothing new.
school. Saw Cobb [who] could not pay me. Said he would the last of this week.
Said he would come up with it. Nothing new. At Wiedemann’s. Minnie Schreifer
is a pretty girl.
school. Cold. Down to Wiedemann’s. Playing with Minnie [Schreifer]. Feds at
school. Down the street. Nothing new.
school. Rainy today. At Wiedemann’s. Nothing new.
Probably Lambert Walter Reardon who
died in 1897 and is buried in Mt.
in Little Rock.
Edward Woodruff (1795-1885), was the editor of the Arkansas
Gazette in Little Rock.
The Provost Marshal General established a curfew during the Union occupation of
Probably Ebenezer [“Eben”] C.
Litherland, a 28 year-old former school teacher from Friendsville, Wabash
County, Illinois. Lt. Litherland served in Company H, 15th Illinois
This turned out to be a false report. Once Col.
Powell Clayton and the 5th Kansas Cavalry occupied Pine Bluff
in September 1863, the Union
never relinquished it.
This report was true. General Steele took part of his army from Little Rock
on the 24th of March and arrived in Arkadelphia on 29 March 1864. This was the first leg of what would later be
called the “Camden