Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Jinnie washed out my room this morning. Fannie put the fat on to render up as Tena will be ironing & fixing the thread for the children’s dresses. It is a very pretty deep purple. Fannie then mixed wool. Mrs. Jamison & Betsey spent the day here today. I finished Jim’s shirt today. Some one took the mill key out of the door yesterday. I went to the mill & got Boyd to put on another lock, a very good one. Cool & cloudy today. I made the children another pair cloth shoes last Tuesday, Zona & Willie as Pinck has boots. His toe is nearly well.

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