Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Frost this morning in low places. It did not kill the pepper. I pulled up a good deal of it yesterday evening to let it dry on the stalk. We have saved a fine chance of ripe pepper this summer, more than usual. I have knit a little in the evening. Mr. Henry & I went down to see the hogs. They are in pens not far from the mill. We then went by the mill to the sawmill where Wiley Knight is making a molasses mill & then to the dam. Mr. Henry did not seem to be fatigued much. He is improving slowly, does not eat anything of consequence. This has been a bright warm day after the morning was off.

*(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 26, North Carolina

Mail brought no news. Mr. Henry some better, can sit up. Aunt Patsy Jamison spent the day here. Cousin Mary Moore was here a short time in the evening to see Mr. Henry. He sit up nearly all day today. I hope he will soon be well. Sam & some of the others killed a beef this evening, a young one. It is very nice & fat. I have knit a little today. Aunt Patsy took some wool home with her this evening to spin stockings, yarn blue mixed.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

DAMN. Malia picked up me and Renee, we went back 2 her house. Then we got goofy thanx 2 Malia and stayed that way all day. It was cool 2 see Renee like that. Courtney came 2 see us and we went 2 Coyote Cafe (I think 🙂 ). Came 2 Renee’s. Dad picked me up at 5:30. Rachel, Trudie, Wendy, Eric, etc. came 4 dinner. 🙂

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mr. Henry very feeble all day, has not sit up any. Hanes attends to Willie today. I finished Mr. Henry’s cotton socks today & began some for Zona. Striped red, black & white. Have knit but very little as Mr. Henry is not well & I can’t work well. Dr. Thrash came this morning, recommended blue pill. He says ’tis Mr. Henry’s liver that is not doing well.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Cold again. Went 2 fashion page meeting after school. Walked 2 Juice Shoppe with Julie, then I walked 2 Renee’s. Malia came later with Sol and her other friends. It was fun. Em picked me and Renee up. We all went 2 Eddie’s. Renee spent night with me afterwards and we watched “Wonder Years” marathon.

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Got caught on the trail with Mike b-4 1st period. It was really cold and I wore my yellow dress like an idiot. Ashley also got caught making fake notes in E-hall. Ms. Aldridge made us sit with her at lunch. Went 2 Renee’s. (Chrissi was there!) Dad picked me up. Had OYO dinner. Did homework and watched “90210.”

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Got a letter in 6th period telling me that I’m in the fashion pages for the yearbook. Cool. Went 2 Ashley’s with Zach. Ashley left 2 get her permit and me and Zach waited 4 my mom. Ashley got back b-for my mom did. No permit (no birth cert.). Did homework. Dinner. Talked 2 Courtney, Renee, Ashley. Me and Zach had nice talks at Ashley’s. Love him.

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Mike isn’t interesting enough. Casey said that he likes me, but w/e. Em picked me up. Went 2 Juice Shop and then 2 work (Ann and Jason). Home by 6:00. Did homework. Ate. Homework. Sean called and basically said Mike only got up with me ’cause people pressured him and he was drunk. Thanx. Talked 2 Courtney and Ashley. Wish I had Courtney with me. I LOVE HER.