Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


Capt. Robertson not up yet. He had cramp collic last night. Mrs. Jarvis left this morning for home. Mrs. Robertson has just come from the camps. Mr. Henry went with her, he is not come yet. She went to get clean clothes for her old man. I must go and see about dinner as we are going to have duck for dinner. All are well, nothing new going on. No one here for dinner but Mr. Henry & I & the children. Capt. Robertson & wife went to the camps for dinner. Mr. Henry bought a fine chance of chestnuts today for me & the children. The other day Zona came in with a stick saying she was going to shoot the yankees. She is a sprightly child, so is Pinck. Willie is growing finely, very much like Pinck was when he was little.

We all went to the old field this evening to see them on dress parade, had a very good serman delivered by Dr. Chapman, the presbyterian minister of Asheville. It was rather cool up there. They had dress parade after service. It was late when we got home. There was a good many people out. Last ones started, the others went to the camps. He & I only went to the old field. I had to carry Zona part of the way. Mr. Henry over at camps. I did not get back till 1 o’clock. Mr. Henry went to Asheville with the Regiment. It was 3 o’clock before the negroes got dinner as all hands & the cook had to see them start.

*(Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family, Eds. Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell, used with permission.)