Cornelia H., age 25 North Carolina

Crocheted on tidy till dinner & baked some ginger, also in the evening. All are well. Yesterday a very pleasant day. Today raining & sunshine alternately. Mr. Henry not home yet. It rained a hard shower at dark. The children staid out in the kitchen till after nine o’clock & one of those hired negroes play on the fiddle. Old Mr. Boyd & his two boys, George & Frank, staid all night. They were all drinking. The old man the most. I sit in my room reading till the little ones came in. Pea staid down here with Atheline tonight. She finished her quilt or at least the squares today. Zonnie did not go to sleep till after ten o’clock. She was in such a glee from hearing the fiddle & dancing as the children all took a hand at it. I looked for Mr. Henry tonight but he has not come. I guess something has detained him for I think he loves his home & family. He is so kind to the children, yes & too kind to all for his own good. Glenn & John still hauling. Glenn went home tonight.

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