Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


I had a letter from Mr. Henry today by Hendrix. The stillhouse company nearly all came back. The militia is not to go but a company leaves Asheville today made up out of the militia, mostly married men. The Night’s are determined not to go. Mail came this morning but nothing new going on. The yanks have taken Fort Paleski near Savannah Geo. We are nearly surrounded by the vandals. I did not work much today for I did not feel well. I mended up some old clothes & my hoop. Mary Taylor spent the evening here. She had nothing to say. She is a strange creature. Louise McKinnish has staid with me at night since Tuesday night. Mr. Henry sent his blankets home by Hendrix. He has been out on picket one night so he wrote me. Said he was not cold. I fear for his dear life & well as health but God that takes care of us at all times will, I feel, take care of him.

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