Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

This day 26 years ago I began life. I have never seen but little of the dark side & pray I never may. Since I have been married, life has moved on as calm as “a summer sea.” I have enjoyed life very well so far. 26 years ago & a fond loving mother tended me & 13 years ago the 21st of last April I gazed my last on that loving parent. She sleeps in peace. How little I knew what I had lost, I was a mere child. I have done nothing of consequence today. Fixed a dress that is too small in the band. Willie’s bowels very loose & he has some fever all the time. Oh! how I wish he would be stout & healthy. He has been sick a good deal this summer & fallen off a great deal. He is beginning to try to talk, can say dink for drink, bic for biscuit & bon for bonnett. He is very ill.

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