Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


This is a cold cloudy morning, looks like snow. The city of Charleston was burned on the 11th & 12th inst. About six hundred houses. What a fearful calamity to the inhabitants. It seems to have been an accident. Far better to be that way than an incediary. I pitty them for we once had a destructive fire here. I shall have to stay in doors all day as Mr. Henry is not here to go walking about with me. I miss him a great deal. He is so kind to me & the little ones. I had to send for George this morning to come & get us some meal, also wood. He has not got it when he should. He will be a heap of trouble while Mr. Henry is gone. I fear he is not too obedient when he is at home & now he thinks he is free. I must now go out about dinner as ’tis going on 11 o’clock & I have nothing of interest to continue. Mrs. Fanning will be here I guess as she said she would soon. Betts McKinnish brought home the spun thread of 13 1/2 lbs. wool yesterday. Got some hands to find me some stocking yarn, black & 5 broaches of white. Mrs. Fanning did not come till after she eat her dinner so no one to eat but Pinck, Zona & I. Obazena came with her to get some apples. It sprinkled rain a little in the evening. Very cold wind from South East. Five volunteers came after we had eat supper, staid all night, left before breakfast & paid a dollar for staying & supper. They frightened me for I thought it was old crazy Herrel. They were from Clay Co., this state. One of them said he knew Mr. Henry. They said old Mr. Henry was well as they had seen him.

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