Henry S., age 26, Michigan

Did some pen work this forenoon.  Richard Robins and wife came just about noon and made us a visit; I had to leave them and go to my teaching this afternoon.  After school Mr. Harvey and I went over to the store and got a transom window belonging above the door to my room and put it in place also fixing the stovepipe.  I practiced flourishing this evening, and finished a piece of Pen work for Mr. Montgomery, which is to hang in the post office window.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

I worked with my pen about all day drawing and flourishing for practice.  Went up tonight and mailed the letters.  I received some writing from Isaac’s that has about set me crazy, I wish I could go and study under him right away, but as I can’t I hope I may next summer.  I received paper from Kibbe, which I had ordered for flourishing purposes.  The wind is south tonight and it don’t seem cold.  It is good sleighing. 

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

Snow covered the ground when we got up this morning.  It has been storming all day and is doing so tonight.  I have not been out of the yard today.  Fred Neill came over a little while this afternoon.  I have been writing to ma and to Irving McColl also tonight.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

I finished copying the College literary society’s constitution in the secretary’s book.  Helped Kate some about doing house work at teaching only two more weeks in this term.  I hope I can get through this winter all right, and then I think I will go to school some more before teaching again.  It appears like a storm tonight.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

Mrs. Bilderback came and did the washing today.  I worked on copying the constitution into the secretary book for the College Literary Society this forenoon, but I am dissatisfied with my writing.  I think sometimes that I ought not to pretend to do any nice writing.  Have been trying to practice penmanship this evening, but do not make much headway.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

Did the usual amount of sawing wood this morning.  Gathered some wild cherry bark and mullin for Kate to make a blood medicine for both of us with.  I expect it will renew our ages very good.  The baby’s cough still continues, but she is not very bad yet.  I called to see Dr. Taylor after school but he had going started for New York this morning.  It has been cloudy but mild all day.  I wish such weather might continue.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

It tried to snow some this morning but quit before any amount fell.  I sawed up some chunks for the big stove, this forenoon, and then I put a window light in the stable door so as to admit light for Jimmie.  There was no school this afternoon on account of the dedication of the Church.  I went up to the exercises and got my mail before coming home.  It has not been a very pleasant day and is growing colder.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

I got up and sawed some wood by moonlight before breakfast this morning.  I finished the lettering in the new church Bible, this forenoon.  Miss Judson and Miss Van Deman came over to let me know that a picture of the College was to be taken at noon, and I got them to carry the Bible up in their buggy.  Went up early and was there to have my picture with the rest.  It has been a very fine day.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mail brought a good many letters but nothing new. Burnsides has taken McClelland’s place as commander of the feds. All quiet along the lines now though. They expect a battle soon about Nashville, Ten. God give us a complete victory is my prayer & grant us an honorable peace. We finished the harness today by 2 o’clock. Raining all the morning & sleeted & snowed some in the evening. Mrs. Jamison went home this evening through the rain. It was raining this morning when she came. Jinnie & Atheline mixing wool today. Tena washed some for the children to be dried by the fire.

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

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

It has been a very fine day.  I sawed up a few chunks this morning then went up town and voted against whiskey on the local option election held in this county today.  I brought home a new bible to do some embossing in.  It is for the pulpit of the new church.  Have been at work on it all the afternoon.  My arm got to feeling so bad tonight that I had to give up writing.  I hope nothing will have to make me give up penmanship.  Una has been quite sick at times today.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)