Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

It rained last night very hard & this morning the whole earth is nearly covered with branches & creeks. It rained on till near 12 o’clock, not so hard though. The bridge went off about 2 o’clock. It hurt the dam a little, not a good deal. It was higher than I ever saw it get. Trees backed up to the corner of the yard. Very cool this evening. Still cloudy. No mail came today as it rained too hard I suppose.  *(Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family, Eds. Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell, used with permission.)