Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina


We over slept ourselves last night or this morning. I intended to get up at 4 as Mr. Henry thinks of starting back again to the hogs this morning & I wanted to finish his drawers. I sewed some on them before breakfast & finished them before the mail came, nearly nine when he got here. Mr. Henry spoke of going with the mail carrier but did not get off. Several people came in to the P. O. & about 11 o’clock Mrs. Winslow Smith & Mrs. Slagle came. They staid till near one. They came to get some turkeys. Got three at 1.50 each. Young ones. Mr. Henry eat dinner. I had him a nice cup of coffee for dinner. He started soon after eating. He will not get further than Mills River tonight. It is only 27 or 28 miles to where he is feeding. He thought he would be back here by next Wednesday anyway. I do hope he may get back. I miss him so much when he is gone. Mr. Henry sent Boyd to Asheville this morning to get some shirting. Had to give 55 cts. per yd. I cut Jim out a shirt of it. Some one stold the only good shirt the negro had a week ago.

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