Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


Mail came today, no news of consequence. I expected a letter from Sister Jane but was disappointed. Several letters came but none for me. Both divisions of the army are quiet now, no fighting. I cut out Zona’s red flannel dress yesterday. I am trimming it with red checked velvet. The skirt & a little sack sewed in with the body. I finished it today by twelve. I sewed some on it last night. I have commenced Willie’s clouded stockings, red & white. Fannie ground sausage yesterday, put in two hams, the lean of them. She has made it too hot & today she ground another ham to mix with it of the little hogs. I had the headache all day a little & after dinner. I took a nap in the little cradle but found no relief. It pained all night. Atheline sleeps in the room since Mr. Henry has been gone. I did not put the hooks & eyes on Zona’s dress as my head pained me so badly.

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