Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


I got up with a severe headache. Took some pills before breakfast & felt a great better when they operated. It has rained nearly all day. I hope Mr. Henry has not been in it. I have had a long lonely day. Mr. Norman came this evening & sit awhile, brought a letter to mail. Louise McKinnish did not come last night but Tom Tidwell staid with us. Atheline sleeps in the house every night while Mr. Henry is gone. Pinck is laying before a wee fire (it is not cold). Zona & Willie in the kitchen with the negroes. It is 1/2 past 5 & soon supper time. I hope Mr. Henry will be at home by next Sunday. He has been gone one week tomorrow, a long week to me. I ought to have written to Dora & Sister Frank today but I felt so little like writing. I also owe Sister Lena a letter. I must stop & mend up my fire & see about supper. May the Lord of Mercy look down on my dear husband & shield him from all harm is the devout prayer of his wife.

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