Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Cool, cloudy & has been raining. It rained a good deal yesterday evening & last night. I did not rest well as Pinck called for water several times last night & I was sick myself. We had a very nice fat opossum yesterday for dinner & I eat too much. I was up a time or two. Pinck & Zona seem well enough this morning. It is quite cool & the wind feels like Autumn is upon us. Mr. Henry is laying down in my room. He lays down a good deal with his back. I am in the side room writing, my hands & feet are getting very cold so I will soon stop & it is getting time for dinner as it is one o’clock. I want to write to Lou Davenport this evening. I did not write to Lou. Mr. Henry & I started to walk this evening. Pinck & Zona saw us & started after us. We came back to them as Zona took one of her staggery spells. I think they are caused by worms. We went up to see the fattening hogs. There are some very nice ones among them. Mr. Henry has near 90 to slaughter this year. It sprinkled rain a little before we got back. Zona was with us.

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