Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

The heaviest rain fell this evening that any one remembers ever to have seen. It began about 5 o’clock & rained on till after we were asleep, 10 o’clock. We like to have had no supper it rained so hard. Some of the mills have been seriously damaged by it. Jesse Smith’s & Miller’s sustained considerable loss by their mills. The water gaps are all gone on this place. They will fix them tomorrow. Wheat & oats are badly blown down. They will have it to mow. I finished my skirt today. Hemmed it on machine. I don’t get much time to work as Willie is not well & needs a heap of attention.

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