Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

I mended up some old flannels for Willie. He is not very well, his teeth I think. I cut myself out a skirt of selicia & boiled down some brine after dinner, made near 4 qt of salt. It is dark. Mail boy says they are fighting at Richmond again. God grant us a victory & peace. Fight began last Thursday the 26th June 1862. Slaughter terrible on both sides. They were still fighting last account.

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