Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


Mr. Henry left for Spartanburg this morning. Sister Jane is to be there tomorrow if she got the letter. Fannie & Atheline scoured upstairs & the hall room & front piazza & scalded the beds, took them down & downstairs. I worked some on embroidry. Mr. Henry sent the hands back in garden at hotel this morning. Terry said nothing of note. I have been knitting & reading tonight. J. Snellson is staying all night. He works here but does not stay every night. I asked him to stay till Mr. Henry gets back. Pinck is asleep. Zonnie is out in the kitchen to hear the fiddle with Atheline. George stays here now at night & he keeps the old fiddle agoing. It is now near nine o’clock. A pleasant day today after the frost got off. Jinnie has been cleaning the yards. John is to start to Haywood in the morning after more wheat. I wonder where Mr. Henry is tonight. I hope he got along well. He is the kindest & best of men to his family & indeed too kind to all. I miss him so much when he is away. Jessy Jarrett started all to Georgia to live today.

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