Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


I was sick all day with headache. I eat some apples after supper last night which I think was the cause. I had it very badly. I hemmed some three hankerchiefs out of old table cloth in the morning & went to bed about 11 o’clock. Fannie got dinner & ground sassauge meat. Aunt Tena finished lard. Jinnie shucking corn. All hands getting ready for Christmas. Jim & John went home today. Very cold but not so cold as yesterday. Very still. It rained a good deal Sunday night but not enough to raise the creek. Clear at day by Monday but snowed a little through the day. This has been a bright day all day, sun shines warm. At night Mrs. Fanning made Jinnie & Atheline a horse head. They gave Charlie a skin & then went up to frighten Mary Taylor & Jim Parker’s folks as they both live in the cabbins on the hill. They did frighten Mary Taylor & Jim Parker, give them a race with a dough face & sheet. It was after 11 o’clock before Atheline came in but the clock is too fast. We went to bed just before 11. I put some chestnuts & dates in the children’s stockings, a knife & ball in Pinck’s, also some fire crackers. He hung one of his socks up for Obazena as she staid here last night. I fixed Zona’s doll in the cradle. My head got better in the evening. Mrs. Night got a lb. of butter here this evening. I gave it to her as Mrs. Fanning is kind enough to come & stay with me at night while Mr. Henry is gone. She also got 1/2 gal. molasses. The children well. Atheline attending Willie. She put up the window curtains today in my room. They were washed last week. I must stop now & write for Christmas day as I am writing this on the 25th late at night 12 o’clock.

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