Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Christmas day. The children were up by 6 o’clock to see what Santa Clause had brought. They enjoyed their good things fine. Zona don’t seem to care much about her doll, says that don’t matter when Pinck showed it to her. Pinck is affraid to shoot his crackers. I got a few from Uncle Sam for him. I ironed some this morning. My head well. Abbe Parker came here this morning to borrow a sley but did not get it. Jim Parker here today. I regulated the clock while he was here, it run too fast. Fannie made the liver pudding today & fixed the guts up to dry & some for chitlins. Andy went to Asheville. I sent by him & got 25 cts. worth of candy, a paper of crackers & 1 lb. of coffee at 80 cts. a lb., a dear drink. I cut out a new dress this evening for myself, took the frills down to Mrs. Fanning’s after dinner & hemmed them while I staid. No one here for dinner but Zona & I. Fannie made us some nice coffee, her own. I eat hearty of it & brains & corn bread. Fannie cleaned the sausauge grinder this evening.

This day one year ago Tilda Jones & her mother spent the day here. Now Till is married & her brother Dilla dead. Many a poor soul has passed away in the last year in camps. Jinnie, Atheline & Charlie went to Asheville this morning. Jinnie to come back tomorrow evening & the others Friday. Fannie is to cook two days & Jinnie two. I give Fannie 15 cts. for her day’s work today. I have sewed up my dress skirt tonight & it is now going on 11 o’clock so I must quit & put something in the children’s stockings as they think Santa Clause is coming, so good night.

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