Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


I cut two pair drawers this morning for Mr. Henry & cut some for Jim of his cloth. I nearly finished Mr. Henry one pair. I spent the evening at Mrs. Fanning’s. Before dinner I helped Uncle Sam put in some glass in the dining room. He has put the sash in & hung the blind today. I tacked in some glass upstairs also today. It has rain a little all day with occasional sunshine. Atheline has pieced the sleeves of Uncle Sam’s shirt. I cut them too short. I have no word from Mr. Henry. Oh! the horrors of war. I want to hear from him so badly. No telling when he will be back. Shield him from all harm is my constant prayer. Almighty & merciful God spare my own dear husband to me & my loved ones I pray. 

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