Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mail brought no news. I expected a letter from Sister Jane or Dora & Matt but was sadly disappointed. They have not written since they went over there. It has rained nearly all day. A very good season & badly needed. The negroes have set out a good many cabbage plants. Our cabbage are large enough to prune, some of them. I finished Willie’s skirt today & made him an apron. I finished the apron after supper. I cut him out two after 4 o’clock this evening. Jim Parker, Mr. Henry, Mont Stradley & others robbed a bee gum tonight. Part of the honey very nice. Stradley stays here 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.)