Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


Sitting in my room by a small fire for there is no need of a large one this beautiful Spring morning. The sun shines warm & pleasant. I have nothing to write so I will wait till evening. Willie is asleep & Zona is standing at my knee begging me for custard so I will give it to her. I took the children & went down to Mrs. Fanning’s. They were not at home so we went on over to the new mill dam & back by the old one & then by the goose nest by way of the meadow where Jim & Guy have been ditching. We had dinner at 12 o’clock & a long evening. Atheline took Zona & Willie up to Taylor’s after dinner. Jesse Jarrit was here a short time in the evening. Pinck, Jinnie & I went up to the Sulphur Spring. I had the headache very bad so I went to bed about dark & went to sleep.

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