Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

I went to Mrs. Fanning’s this morning to get her to weave some flannel for us. Mrs. Knight looked very sad. She has heard the report of Knight’s death. I made two shirt bosoms today, did not get quite done. Frosty this morning but warm after the sun got up. Bets McKinnish got some rolls to spin this morning for flannel. Several letters went off this evening from here.

*(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

I sawed up some wood this morning, but it seemed to tire me a good deal someway.  I got ready and went up town early this afternoon, took some blocks to raise the tables in my class room so the students’ knees would not touch and bother them.  I drew the money on the Postal order and paid for the stove and pipe I got at the store.  Have been writing some this evening.

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

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

It surely was good to see the sun come out. Washed all but the sheets and cases. Sorry I didn’t do them too as it turned out to be such a good drying day. Too tired to do it later. Ole came in P.M. We out to cabin and back. Lo and Helen to go to Edith Bohn’s.

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Boring except Renee found out Leslie got up with Travis 2 weeks ago. But she’s over it. Em picked me up. Worked with Ann and Jason. Came home and went on a walk. Did homework 4ever! (Dinner break.) Practiced guitar — frustrating. Talked 2 Renee and Ashley. 

Marcy S., age 62, North Carolina

Lord Jesus, please teach me to love my brothers and sisters fervently and with a pure heart. Let me not be timid or afraid to show love. I desire that unfeigned love to flow through me to others today. Thank You for enabling me to love by Your indwelling Spirit.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Got up at 10:30. Watched “Footloose,” “Grease,” and “Grease II.” God, I feel like a pig. Took Becca on a walk. Chilled with Abbie the dog. Went to Crowley’s with Dad. Came home and had lasagna with Mom and Kathy. Solomon called me!! Watched TV.

Samuel P., age 27, London

Saturday. At home all the morning. In the afternoon to White Hall, where my Lordand Lady were gone to kiss the Queene’s hand.

To Westminster Hall, where I met with Tom Doling, and we two took Mrs. Lane to the alehouse, where I made her angry with commending of Tom Newton and her new sweetheart to be both too good for her, so that we parted with much anger, which made Tom and me good sport. So home to write letters by the post, and so to bed.

*(The Diary of Samuel Pepys M.A. F.R.S., edited by Henry B. Wheatley F.S.A., London, George Bell & Sons York St. Covent Garden, Cambridge Deighton Bell & Co., 1893.)

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Cool this morning. Jinnie has been sick with sore throat since Friday but is nearly well now. Charlie is still on foot but not well. My little dear ones are very well. Mr. Henry & I went to the mill dam this morning, staid but a short time as it is very cool. This wind blows a spanking gale. The trees will soon be leafless. They are nearly all off, at least they are scared enough to fall. Drearry, gloomy winter is upon us & it is impossible for me to stay here without Mr. Henry. If he goes to the war I will have to break up housekeeping, which I should hate to do for I have things so comfortable in my household. The children are up at Mammy’s house. Mr. Henry is down before the fire on a pallet asleep. He generally takes a nap on Sunday. Old Quinn bought us some cider for vinegar last week. I fear it will do no good as it has water in it. I know I must stop & go see my baby. He is such a dear good baby. Mr. Henry got up & went off while I was at Aunt Tena’s house, gone till night hunting up hogs. I was alone with my little ones. A fair day & pleasant.

*(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 25, Michigan

I helped make out the official returns of yesterdays election, today, and my bill for services was audited and allowed. Kate, Effie and Nellie went to Dexter and had some tintypes taken. Kate and I are at father Quells tonight. It has been a fair day. 

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