Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mr. Henry came home before night. He is broke down in the back again. I made him a nice cup of coffee. It helped his headache a good deal. He strained his back throwing up one of the children yesterday morning. He first strained it in 1852 moving a cross tie, & then again some five years ago a horse threw him & his back has been weak ever since. The conscript bill has passed. I hope Mr. Henry will not have to go. If he does, what is to become of me & my children?

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