Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Mr. Henry heard yesterday no salt at salt lick. The government bought it for two months so going to try some other market. I began to turn my old calico dress bottom side up to make them last a little longer as calico dear to purchase now. Willie a little pill. Hanes can’t do anything with him.  

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

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

I knit all day on a sock for Mr. Henry. He wants to start to the salt works Wednesday. He is gone to Asheville today. Pleasant day. Bets McKinnish brought 9 1/2 lbs. of wool today. It made 25 yards, & got more wool 13 3/4 lbs. to spin coarse. Mrs. Norman here this evening also Mrs. Fanning a little while. Willie not well, has a cold. Finished one sock, only knit the foot & part of the heel. I can’t make my living by knitting.  

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Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

  A beautiful day. I came down on the branch to write, the sun shines very warm & pleasant. I hear the rippling of the branch whilst I write. It is music to my ear. I left Ham Cannon in the room with Mr. Henry so he will not miss me much. Aunt Tena has taken the children down to Elijah Knight’s. Willie too. Atheline & Charlie gone to see their Aunt at Mrs. Miller’s. It is such a beautiful day. I want to be out walking. I think Mr. Henry & I will take a good long walk after dinner if he does not take his afternoon nap. I am owing several letters which I must answer today. Mr. Henry heard yesterday that W. B. Neilson was shot & Charlie Neilson a prisoner by the Union men of East Ten. R. B. Vance’s Regiment is reported to have been in a fight near Newport Ten. I reckon Sister Jane is in a peck of trouble. I feel very sorry for her for I guess she has but few to sympathise with her in her troubles. Oh war is an awful thing to contemplate & we are in the midst of a cruel one. Winston Smith came here today to look at Mr. Henry’s hogs. He thinks he will take them. Mr. Henry & I went down to Mrs. Fanning’s this evening. She has just began that cloth & then we went up by the stable & back by the hog pen. Some of the hogs are nice & fat. It will soon be bed time. Mr. Henry wants me to fix Willie to bed now as he has him in his lap so good night this time.

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Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Mail came earlier than usual. Nothing new. They are making every preparation for a big battle at Manassas. The 6th Regiment has gone there. Poor fellows, they have had a hard time in Western Virginia. I hope their lot will be success in the coming struggle. They well deserve a glorious victory. G. W. Peake is in the Regiment. I felt very unwell all day, was sick at night with headache. Matilda Morris spent the day here, helped me on Mr. Henry’s shirt. I got his done about 4 o’clock & went to bed soon after. I got no letters today from any of my friends.

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Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Finished the last one of Pinck’s shirts which makes three. Cut out one for Mr. Henry as he will need one or more if he goes to the salt works. Began him another pair of socks which I must finish by next Tuesday. Willie fretful.

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Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Cold as crout. I sewed on shirts, finished another & began the last one. I intended to go to Amos Green’s burial yesterday evening. Went to the mill but it was sun down before they came along with him so I came back. Mr. Henry went. It was dark when he got back. My head feels better today.

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Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

I sewed on shirts, finished one began another. Betsy McKinish came here this morning, worked at the spinning machine till dinner. No good come with it. Mrs. Tom Cook here today to get some flour for her corn shucking, got it. I took some pills this evening as my head feels badly. Hands ploughing in wheat. Willie has got well, not much sick at all. The other little ones with Newton Taylor preparing waggons & mules to go to salt works. Mr. Henry speaks of going. Amos Green buried this evening, Papa went.

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Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

All well. Fannie & I tried to work the spinning jinny but did no good. I quit at about 11 o’clock. After dinner I cut out some shirts for Pinck out of unbleached sheeting. The first of the kind he has had. I sewed some on them. Mr. Henry gone with the waggon to Burt Starnes after corn he owes him.

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Henry S., age 25, Michigan

I went to Dexter this forenoon and got Dr. Chase to come down and see pa. He was very sick all last night. He is not in as much pain tonight. It was warm this morning and snowed quite a little bit has been growing cold fast.  2 above 0 when I looked last.

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

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Cold & snowing, warm in the first part of the night. Willie was feverish, did not rest well. I still get up soon & stay in the kitchen till breakfast. The negroes had their corn husking last night. Mr. Henry took 45 lbs. of meal & 10 sacks of flour. The meal was the darkies. I covered Pinck’s & Zona’s stools over & made Mr. Henry a candle screen. Willie fretful. Hands shucked corn. Tena went up to the Baptist meeting on Hominy.

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