Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina


Mail came, brought but little news. I got a letter from Pa today, all well down there. Pa will be up in August or Sept. Rube (Aunt Annie’s) is dead & Bets has her leg broke from a cow running over her. Mr. Henry, Pinck & I went to Mary Moore’s & went with the corpse to the Capt. Moore’s grave yard. It rained on us a little just before we got home. Not much. It made my cold worse and Willie has a cold too. I left him longer today than I ever have. He did not cry. They fed him. Atheline attended to him. I sewed some on my pantlets, pointed & tucked one. Also made Fannie a gingham bonnett. After dinner made some ginger cakes for my little ones. Some one took some wheat out of the wagon last night. George got in from Haywood with a load of wheat late at night & today they found it. George & Andy had taken it themselves. George is a mean negro as ever went unhung.

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