Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina


I did not get ready for breakfast as Mr. Henry did not wake me. I have not done much today. Sewed some on Pinck’s coat, got it ready for the trimming (velvet when I get it). Took a nap after dinner & my head aches a little since. Zona & I went with Mr. Henry down to where he is making fence above E. P. Night’s. He is fixing a pasture there for some sows. That was before dinner. He came back with us after he laid up a good many rails & dinner was nearly ready. I got some raddishes & we eat some before dinner. They are very nice now. I feed my little chickens every day twice. We have some 60 or 70 & three little ducks & two others setting so perhaps we will have more soon. We have some 18 turkeys, young ones. I am sitting on the back piazza steps writing at the pantry door. The kitten is playing around me. Pinck off with his Papa. Zona at the branch as Fannie is washing since dinner & Willie, my pet, is up with Atheline at Mama’s house. She is spinning cotton for the negro’s clothes & has been sometime. The sun is getting low & I must begin to take in the wool. This has been a beautiful day.

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