Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mail came but no news, only they are fighting still at Corinth. Our forces have evacuated Norfolk & Portsmouth & the yanks have landed there the 12th. We burnt the navy yard, blew up the dry dock & destroyed things generally. Also burnt the Merimac, all the efficient vessel we had. Such is war. I mended Mr. Henry’s socks & iron the children’s clothes this evening. It rained some this evening. Fannie washed a few more pieces. McKinnish banistered the back piazza today. Willie has staid at Tena’s house some today. Uncle Sam began to clip the sheep today. All are well. Atheline improving.

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