Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


Cloudy & rain up to this time 2 o’clock. We had fish for breakfast (Mr. Henry bought them) the first we have had. The hands began to fix the trap this week but did not finish as the water was too high. Beginning to grind at the mill again. Preaching at the Academy today, also yesterday. The negroes all went today, all but Tena & family. Atheline still sick. Charlie went after Dr. Nielson. He will be here in the morning. Sent some pills by Charlie. We have not had our dinner yet 2 o’clock. It will soon be ready. Tanner Smith has been here all day. Willie has taken a good nap. Perhaps he will not cry so much this evening. He has just woke up. I must write to Sister Jane this evening if Willie is not too cross. I owe two or three others which should be answered today or soon. I have not received a line from Lou in a long time. Pinck & Zona are both asleep & Mr. Henry has just woke up. I will stop for I am hungry. It looks now as if it would clear off. Dinner is coming in so I stop. Mr. Henry & I took a long walk this evening, went the old road way past the old Joe Green house. We over took Joe Green just as we came out the lane. We went on with him till it began to rain & then we had several races before we got to the mill. I got a little damp. It rained a very good shower after we got in the mill. Atheline is no better.

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