Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Got up late, breakfast late as usual. The mutton chops badly cooked. Fannie is a good cook but wears my patience out doing so badly. After I got things straightened out at the house, I went with Mr. Henry, Pinck & Zona over the creek towards Snelson’s to gather black berries for a pie for dinner. Mr. Henry turned some hogs in the wheat field pasture, the old saw house field. Old Linsey’s house not done yet, the chimney about half done. I must stop writing & go make my pies as ’tis nearly 12 o’clock. Joe Green here for dinner. Nothing new. Lincoln has called for 400,000 troops & 4 million dollars more to subjugate the south. He will find that hard to do. We have got 4 very pretty little goats by old cashmere Billie. We have eat the other billies, one of the little ones a very pretty thing. Pinck is here saying I must go & make the pie as Fannie is waiting.

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