Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina


It was nearly 12 o’clock before I sit down to sew. I ironed & mended some of the children’s clothes, began a blouse coat for Pinck, did but little of it as my head ached badly after dinner from eating onions & lettice for dinner. Mr. Henry & I wrote to Dora & Matt this evening. I done up the mail. He brought no news. The yanks have taken possession of New Orleans some time ago. Betsy McKinnish & Tena washed wool today. Fannie helped after dinner, got nearly done. Tena will finish tomorrow. I had it all taken in the evening & put upstairs, it is not dry yet. My head got better before supper.

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