Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


Muster up on the hill. Mr. Henry up there. Cloudy all day. Ma Crook & A. B. Jones eat dinner here today. We had eat before Mr. Henry & them came down from muster. Had coffee for dinner, our sack of coffee got home today. I was fearful it would never come but it has. After dinner, Atheline & I cleaned up the kitchen. Fannie went to get some sweet potato seed of Mrs. Norman. She (Fannie) made some pies & custards this evening. I swept the yards. It sprinkled rain a little. I finished Peter’s pants before dinner with Atheline’s help. Mr. Henry & I went up to the hotel garden this morning. He wants some rose bushes, lilac & that flowering almond in the garden brought down here. It is in full bloom now. He did not come back with me as they were collecting for muster. The children ran away & came after us & Atheline after them. They were double quicking it when they got to us. Zona said “Papa help me over, Atheline is coming”. He said “no”. She said “yes”. I seen her coming & in a minute Atheline come in sight. I brought down some cuttings of snowball & woodbine. I fear they will not live. It is quite cool, the wind from the South. A man & his little son from Transylvania Co. after flour. They stay here tonight. His name is Heath. Flour is selling at four dollars a hundred without the sack.

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