Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


I was busy all day. I swept the yards in the morning & began to sew about 9. I made 11 double napkins for Willie. One side good cloth, the other old table linnen. I hemmed one after night & Mrs. Fanning & I doubled some thread out of thumbs. Atheline & Jim married tonight. They did it on the sly order. Mrs. Fanning & I went down to Fannie’s house to see it. No one but Fannie & Jinnie for witnesses. We took Zona as she was up. Pinck & Willie asleep. Aunt Tena & Uncle Sam hostile about it. They did not know it till it was over. I feel sorry for them. They are faithful servants. I don’t know what Jim & wife will do for a bed as Parker has gone to J. R. Love’s after more hands. He started this morning. John not come yet, will be here tomorrow. I think I did not get to sleep till near 12. Jinnie slept in the house tonight & Jim & Atheline had her bed. Got done sowing wheat today. The corn not in yet. Rather cool today.

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