Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


Jinnie got up very soon before 5 this morning & Willie woke soon after. I called Atheline just after 5, also Fannie. We eat by candle light this morning. A wonder for the cloudy & misty rain today. Mr. Reynolds preached to the negroes today at the Academy. I shall not go. 10 o’clock I must see about dinner soon. Pinck going to church with Jinnie. Cool & misty rain all day. Pinck & Jinnie went to church but few out. It has been a long tiresome day for me. Mr. Henry came this evening, did but little trading in Augusta as everything was up so high. Salt $16.20 for each. He was offered twenty five dollars per sack in Greenville. Very dear, I think. He got no coffee at all as it was selling at 70 & 75 cts. per lb. I think people should quit now & drink rye. We will soon be out of coffee & then we try the pure rye till it gets down. Mason & Slidell have been given up. I wish old Abe had kept them & then perhaps we could have had peace or England would have given the North a decent thrashing. The children were rejoiced to see him. I was as glad as they were. No one suits me like him. Mrs. Knight came up after dinner. I was down there this morning & Mrs. Fanning & Obazena came up with me.

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