Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

J. Frady staid here last night. He came to settle about hauling that corpse. Cloudy & cold with a little snow occasionally. Atheline is down with toothache. Willie is up at Tena’s house. I must go & make Mr. Henry some apple dumplings for dinner. He is sitting here before the fire reading a cultivator. Pinck & Zona are out at play somewhere. Old Mr. Boyd’s little boy staid here last night. He came to mill & it was too late for him to get home. It will soon be 12 so I will go to make the dumplings. Jinnie’s Sunday to cook. Mr. Henry eat hearty of dumplings, said I must not make any more for he indulged too much. We did not take a walk this evening as it was so cold.

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