Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

I began the children some bonnetts today. Willie fretful, did but little at it. Atheline cooks. Fannie did it while I was gone. I got a saque coat pattern from Mrs. Jones for the negroes. Also a cap pattern for little boys. George complaining. I guess ’tis measles. Hands ploughing. Jim Night came Tuesday to plough for Mr. Henry, will work all the week.  *(Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family, Eds. Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell, used with permission.)