Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

I cut Charlie, Hanes & Lonzo two shirts each this morning. Made one of Lonzo & began his other one. I got a letter from Mr. Henry this evening written in a pamphlet. Vic brought it. He is very well, wants the waggon to start up there to him Thursday. It has been raining a slow rain nearly all day. Atheline at work out today. Fannie does the cooking. Mr. Boyd came this evening. He has not done the loom yet. He is a very slow workman but a good one.

*(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

World AIDS Day. Good day. Me and Zach went home with Ashley. Mom went 2 Renee’s on accident, but she wasn’t mad. Came home and did homework. Ate. At 5:30, me and Mom went 2 Raleigh for AIDS Walk and church thing. Good choir! Home at 9:00. Did rest of homework in bed.

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Late this morning as usual in getting up & late breakfast. Boyd went to Asheville yesterday for himself, did not come here till this morning. He got the mail. Mr. Henry got a letter from his sister Martha to which I have replied today. Boyd’s little son staid here last night. He got 6 lbs. of wool. Poor little fellow. He needs clothes. Cloudy & cold all day. I have just eat a very hearty dinner of sweet potato pudding, back bone & other things & am too lazy to write much more. The children are all at play. I am writing in my room by a little slow fire. It was ten last night before I got to sleep as I wanted to finish Pinck’s sock. I began it Thursday night & have only knit at night on it. This is a gloomy day & has been a long one as Sunday generally is when Mr. Henry is gone. It is now nearly three & I will stop as I want to read some in my bible.

*(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

Jinnie washed out my room this morning. Fannie put the fat on to render up as Tena will be ironing & fixing the thread for the children’s dresses. It is a very pretty deep purple. Fannie then mixed wool. Mrs. Jamison & Betsey spent the day here today. I finished Jim’s shirt today. Some one took the mill key out of the door yesterday. I went to the mill & got Boyd to put on another lock, a very good one. Cool & cloudy today. I made the children another pair cloth shoes last Tuesday, Zona & Willie as Pinck has boots. His toe is nearly 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

Worked from 7-12. Zach and Joe came 2 see me! (Joe 🙂 ) Em came and we took them 2 Sol’s. Then we had Thanksgiving again! Good 2 see everyone — Katie. (No Rachael.) At night, me, Katie, and Sandra went 2 Wellspring and book store. Got X-mas presents.

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

We over slept ourselves last night or this morning. I intended to get up at 4 as Mr. Henry thinks of starting back again to the hogs this morning & I wanted to finish his drawers. I sewed some on them before breakfast & finished them before the mail came, nearly nine when he got here. Mr. Henry spoke of going with the mail carrier but did not get off. Several people came in to the P. O. & about 11 o’clock Mrs. Winslow Smith & Mrs. Slagle came. They staid till near one. They came to get some turkeys. Got three at 1.50 each. Young ones. Mr. Henry eat dinner. I had him a nice cup of coffee for dinner. He started soon after eating. He will not get further than Mills River tonight. It is only 27 or 28 miles to where he is feeding. He thought he would be back here by next Wednesday anyway. I do hope he may get back. I miss him so much when he is gone. Mr. Henry sent Boyd to Asheville this morning to get some shirting. Had to give 55 cts. per yd. I cut Jim out a shirt of it. Some one stold the only good shirt the negro had a week ago.

*(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

We woke up at 12:00! Showered. Played Nintendo. Mom came at 3:30. Got paycheck cashed. Ate lunch. Mmm… Raked. Steven and Bryan came 2 Dad’s again. We all (4) went 2 Wellspring. Came back and watched “Men in Black.” They left about 10:00. Talked 2 Renee (Luke).

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

I have done but little today. They killed a hog this morning & salted it by a new process. Scalded it in brine that would float a potato. The meat to stay in three minutes & then hang & smoke till cured. The meat looks very nice. I sewed some on Mr. Henry a pair flannel drawers. He wants to try some. They are like his shirt, coarse. I cut two pair out. Atheline & I made some sausage this evening, it is very nice. I took one ham & ground up. Also Mr. Henry went to the tan yard & Mr. Penley’s. To the latter to see about some wheels. We are to get one next Wednesday by sending for it, also leather at the tan yard. He did not start till after dinner so it was dark before he got back. Boyd is getting along very well on the loom, will nearly finish it this week. Mr. Henry is very much pleased with his comfort. He is a dear good husband, so kind to me & the children. Truely I am blest in him. I believe it would nearly kill me for him to go to the war. He is the best of men.

*(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

Em and Steven came at 11:00. Went back 2 Mom’s. Mema, Pop, Cap came 2 eat. A lot of food! 🙂 Very good. Me, Em, and Steven went on a walk. Rested. Mema and Pop left. Showered. Me and Renee went 2 Ashley’s at 8:00. Spent night. Played Nintendo. Jerry was over. Up till 4:00.

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Made Mr. Henry a flannel shirt today. I fear he can never wear it as it is so coarse & rough made of homespun goods. Very cold with wind from the North. Mr. Henry came about sun down. I was very glad to see him, so were the children. He has had a very cold day to ride in. He was at Pa’s, they are all well. Pa sent me a pair of cotton cards, also Dora. They are very acceptable these times. Dora & Matt sent the children some pinders. Pinck is very fond of them but Zona & Willie don’t like them much. Pa’s family were all well. Fowler (Ell’s husband) is in the army. I am sorry for Ell. Oh how I wish this war would end. God grant us a speedy & honorable peace is my daily prayer.

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