Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina


Frost this morning but nipped nothing. I finished Willie’s dress & began one for Zona of pink calico, some of my old dress. Hanes dropping peas, began planting corn today. I am attending to Willie myself. He goes where he pleases & when he pleases. Pinck gone with Mr. Henry. They burried the old man in an undressed box, had not time to make a coffin as he was so decayed. They think he has been dead 2 weeks yesterday as he passed Sandy Bottom that day. Sam Green saw him & says he seemed very feeble. The creek was up at that time. Fannie took some dinner over to the Willis Grave yard for Mr. Henry & Pinck about 3 o’clock. Frost this morning.

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