New Year’s day. Spring like all day. We have had no cold weather of any consequence this winter. I finished Pinck’s coat & began a vest for Uncle Sam. Mrs. Fanning went to Asheville. I sent & got some coat buttons for Mr. Henry’s coat. They were not good but a pretty button. Tilda Morris here a few minutes today. They have had a skirmish on the Potomac. Several of our men killed. We retreated.
*(Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family, Eds. Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell, used with permission.)