Cornelia H., age 24, North Carolina

Today old Abe Lincoln takes his seat as president. Mr. Henry & Mr. Hendrix went to Asheville, another Terry ( ? ). Terry said he would give possession of house & hotel in two weeks. Mr. Henry got some cups & saucers, the children some candy, me a pair shoes & some cloth for sacks for wheat & other bolt for flour. I made sacks for wheat at night & mended some old coffee sacks. John got back from Haywood Saturday night with the waggon. Cleaned the yard all day Sunday. I began to work a skirt today. Sister Jane gave me one ready pointed so I layd off another like it. Atheline stewed some fruit & I made the pies after dinner.

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