Mr. Henry went to Asheville today, got some dates for children & 6 lbs. sugar. It is selling at one dollar for 6 lbs. Mr. Henry started this morning about nine o’clock going to market. I hated to see him leave for I doat on him so much. Things don’t go well when he is away. George is troublesome when he is not here & all the negroes in general. They don’t like to obey me. Old Parker brought three hogs from old Cochrum yesterday, one weighing 83 the other two 94. Quite small. Mr. Henry will nearly overtake the waggons tomorrow if not quite. Mrs. Fanning will stay with me at night. Atheline staid in the house today till dinner, swept the yards. An old man named O. Kelly stays here tonight. He came to see Mr. Henry about making some rye whiskey for Dr. Hardy. Nothing of interest going on. Reuben Fulbright is dead. He belonged to Bob Love’s company from Haywood. I had a letter from Dora & Matt yesterday. All are well. They sent me a sample of their new cotton dresses. It looks nice, rather coarse. They said Gad Thomas was dead, died in the hospital in Charlottesville Va. Our poor soldiers are dying from disease terably. I saw in the paper the other day that they had burried 1900 in western Virginia in the place where the 6th Regiment was. They had a hard time of it, poor fellows.
*(Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family, Eds. Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell, used with permission.)