Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

 I began a shirt for Mr. Henry this morning, did not get it done today. All are well. Willie does not try to talk yet, is very backward as much so as Pinck. Zona could say several things at Willie’s age. Mr. Henry & I went to the mill yesterday evening. Night will soon have the molasses mill done.

*(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 went to the store this morning and worked there this forenoon and after school this afternoon, while Mr. Hopkins went on a hunt.  It has been growing colder and there were snow squalls during the day.  I did not get home until after dark.

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

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Lo wasn’t late coming home from Edith’s so didn’t lose too much sleep. Mrs. B. came over, expects to go to Russell’s this eve for week end. Carrie was to go to a S.S. meeting but no one picked her up. It was a very bad nite raining so hard. We had thot of going to Elgin but didn’t.

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Damnit — school’s boring! Nothing good happened 2 me except Tim said I have beautiful eyes. Yay. Went 2 Renee’s with Ashley, Chrissi. Later Sol and Malia came. And then Tarik, and then Sean and Mike. But I had 2 leave. Went on walk. Did homework. Waited for guitar guy but he never came. Ate. Did studying. Watched “Mad About You.” Ashley.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Early release day! Came over to Shannon’s and we got Papa John’s Pizza and watched “Montey Pithon and the Search for the Holy Grail.” It was so stupid. Didn’t really enjoy being at her house. Went to Dr’s for my infection. She gave me one pill to make it better. Went to Dad’s at 6:00 with Courtney and babysat Becca. Dad was being a big ass dork. Went over to Courtney’s and spent the night. We didn’t do much but talk and then sleep. Could’ve been better.

Samuel P., age 27, London

(Lord’s day). In the morn to our own church, where Mr. Mills did begin to nibble at the Common Prayer, by saying “Glory be to the Father, &c.” after he had read the two psalms; but the people had been so little used to it, that they could not tell what to answer. This declaration of the King’s do give the Presbyterians some satisfaction, and a pretence to read the Common Prayer, which they would not do before because of their former preaching against it.

After dinner to Westminster, where I went to my Lord’s, and having spoke with him, I went to the Abbey, where the first time that ever I heard the organs in a cathedral! Thence to my Lord’s, where I found Mr. Pierce, the surgeon, and with him and Mr. Sheply, in our way calling at the Bell to see the seven Flanders mares that my Lord has bought lately, where we drank several bottles of Hull ale. Much company I found to come to her, and cannot wonder at it, for she is very pretty and wanton.

Hence to my father’s, where I found my mother in greater and greater pain of the stone. I staid long and drank with them, and so home and to bed. My wife seemed very pretty to-day, it being the first time I had given her leave to wear a black patch.

*(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.)

Abbie B., age 22, Kansas

Plowing with two yoke of oxen. P is helping. It will take them five days next week, to finish. Lanes had their best horse stolen, what a pity they cant get the thief.

We are having pleasant weather. Mrs. Springer spent the day here. She rode up— and brought the band she stiched for me on her machine. A letter from Reading to day. Game is plenty   we have had three geese and a turkey within a week.

Sometimes a thousand geese and brance [brants] fly up and down the river, and fill the air with their gabbling. The coyotes often make the nights hideous with their howling. Have not had any ague for over two weeks—but take medacine every other day.

*(kansasmemory.org, Kansas State Historical Society, copy and reuse restrictions apply) 

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

I felt very unwell all day with headache but made two pair pants for negroes and attended to Willie as Atheline cooked. Jinnie & Fannie ploughing trying to get in wheat. All well but Charlie, he has measles. None of the others taken them yet.

*(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 brought a cow home this morning, that father Queal gave Kate. Henry helped me as far as Osbert Williams’s. I went to Delhi this afternoon and put up an advertisement in the P.O. for an evening class in Book-keeping. Kate came home tonight.

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