Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

I finished that dress & began another, a yellow muslin for Willie. Jim came up from the mill dam at dinner & told that old Mr. Reynolds had found a dead man in the creek about his place, just below about 1 mile. Mr. Henry went soon as dinner was done. They got him out & think it was an old man that staid here a month or more ago by the name of Serratt. It is thought he fell off the bridge & was night. I expect he was coming here to stay all night again. He was swollen very tight & Mr. Henry said smelled awful. Poor old man. No friend is by to see that he is lain away decently. He stays alone this night in the old Hendrix house. They hold the inquest tomorrow. Dr. Neilson came this evening, left some medicine for Atheline. She 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.)