Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Finished my bonnett & done sundry patching. Made some pound cake after dinner, 2 1/2 lbs. It did not bake well. Mrs. Common left for home this morning. It rained a very hard shower about 10 o’clock, heavy thunder for the season. After that shower it cleared off warm & pleasant.

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