Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


A dull cloudy day. Uncle Sam & Peter making krout, made one barrel yesterday for Martha Arthur & today for ourselves. I cut out pants for Charlie, Lonzo & Hanes. Finished the two little ones. My head pained me so this evening. I had Atheline to make me a cup of coffee. It feels better since. Willie is a good deal better but wants to stay out in the yard all the time. Is very cross. Mr. Henry started this morning. The hands have finished the road. It is now near 9 o’clock & bed time. Mrs. Fanning is here tonight, also Tom Tidwell. Pinck is sleeping with him. Zona wants to but the candle was out & she would not stay in the dark. I must call Atheline & go to bed. She sleeps in here tonight. John Branton has moved back from Cherokee, wanted to get a house of Mr. Henry, but Mr. Henry thinks he is too drinking. My little ones are all asleep & I must go too.

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