Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mr. Henry started this morning for Richmond. I shall be so very lonely. I miss him so much. He is so fond & loving when with me, which makes such a blank when he is gone. If he should go in the service of the Confederacy, I really believe it would kill me. I have been so dependant on him. I shall often wish for him even this short trip & if he had to stay a year at a time I should be a lunatic I really believe. I trimmed Jinnie’s hat today. Before dinner I made Zona a hoop also. Mr. Edd Ham took dinner with us today & went on to Asheville. Dr. Peake’s family all well. He is going to join Morgan’s men so he said he is not worsted by camp life at all, only a little sunburnt. I have the headache a good deal badly tonight.

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