Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

I have felt very sad all day. I am not well, I think is one reason I did nothing of note today. Fannie & Jim Parker had a difficulty this morning. He thrashed her a little. I hate to see them abused. If Mr. Henry was to stay long I fear we would have a bad time of it. I do hope he may soon return unharmed. Fannie baked some ginger bread for the children this evening. It rained a good deal after dinner. My little ones are well. Uncle Sam made some steps down by the pantry last Thursday to the piazza. Tom T. stays with us at night since Mr. Henry left. I am not much affraid of the tories. I finished Atheline’s chemise this evening. God protect my dear husband.

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