Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Mail came this morning but no news. We have had a terrible battle at Corinth Miss. Loss heavy on both sides. I cut Peter a pair pants this morning. Atheline at work on them. I went on with my turfing. Mr. Henry came & helped me some & then called Jim, who is ditching in the meadow by the spring. He helped me finish it. We turfed up the chimney a piece, got done about two o’clock. I sewed a little on Peter’s pants. I was very tired. Atheline not well yet. Willie can run all over the house, can get up alone when he falls.

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