Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


  A beautiful day. I came down on the branch to write, the sun shines very warm & pleasant. I hear the rippling of the branch whilst I write. It is music to my ear. I left Ham Cannon in the room with Mr. Henry so he will not miss me much. Aunt Tena has taken the children down to Elijah Knight’s. Willie too. Atheline & Charlie gone to see their Aunt at Mrs. Miller’s. It is such a beautiful day. I want to be out walking. I think Mr. Henry & I will take a good long walk after dinner if he does not take his afternoon nap. I am owing several letters which I must answer today. Mr. Henry heard yesterday that W. B. Neilson was shot & Charlie Neilson a prisoner by the Union men of East Ten. R. B. Vance’s Regiment is reported to have been in a fight near Newport Ten. I reckon Sister Jane is in a peck of trouble. I feel very sorry for her for I guess she has but few to sympathise with her in her troubles. Oh war is an awful thing to contemplate & we are in the midst of a cruel one. Winston Smith came here today to look at Mr. Henry’s hogs. He thinks he will take them. Mr. Henry & I went down to Mrs. Fanning’s this evening. She has just began that cloth & then we went up by the stable & back by the hog pen. Some of the hogs are nice & fat. It will soon be bed time. Mr. Henry wants me to fix Willie to bed now as he has him in his lap so good night this time.

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