Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


A beautiful morning. Mr. Henry & I went over to mill dam to see if we could find the otters, also Pinck, but saw nothing of them. We came back by some land he has been exchanging with A. B. Jones. He & Tom Hendrix started to church soon after we came back. Old Mr. Reynolds preaches at the Academy today. Mr. W. D. Miller came soon after they left wanting to see Mr. Henry & has gone up there. Atheline has taken Zonnie to church. Pinck is here with me playing about. Mrs. Miller & children are all well. The negroes gone to church mostly & somewhere else. This is indeed a beautiful day, so warm & bright. Mr. Henry will start for Sister Jane on Tuesday or Wednesday & will be back in five or six days. He is the kindest & best of husbands & so kind in Sister Jane to come. I am indeed blessed in a loving husband & fond little children & the best of sisters but ’tis so seldom we appreciate our blessings ’till they take their flight. W. D. Miller staid all night. Mont Stradly came in the morning, he staid also.

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