Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mrs. Jamison & Betsey spent the day here. Rather cool & windy with rain in the evening. Mr. Henry went to G. W. Candler’s sale, got wet coming home. Things went very high. He bought nothing, only a chain. Betsey took home some rolls to spin, white for linsey for the children, some dresses & sacks for me & them. I finished the shirt after dinner & began another one. Mr. Henry sent for the mail yesterday by old J. Night. He got a letter from Harrie saying E. P. Night was dead. They were cleaning guns in the ordenance Dept. & a gun in the hands of another man went off killing Night instantly & wounding another man after passing through Night’s head. Mrs. Knight takes it very hard. I felt very sorry for her & her little ones.

*(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

Sawed some wood this morning and then hitched up an drew some up to the house.  I went to the mill and got 50# of graham flour.  Kate and I nearly finished work on our cupboard, putting on the doors etc.  taught this afternoon as usual.  Went [?] to the College building this evening where the students and teachers met to organize a literary society – was forced to sit as literary chairman.  Mr. and Mrs. Harvey invited us into their rooms for an informative social, where we had a good time.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Went 2 Renee’s after school. Later, Sean, Tim, Eddie and Chris came. Chris wasn’t that bad, but I didn’t enjoy it. Had a miscommunication with Dad, but he said, “It ain’t nothin’ but a thing.” 🙂 Did homework and dinner. “Party of 5.” Sandra bitched about petty shit. Duh.

Samuel P., age 27, London

(Office day). Being disappointed of money, we failed of going to Deptford to pay off the Henrietta to-day.

Dined at home, and at home all day, and at the office at night, to make up an account of what the debts of nineteen of the twenty-five ships that should have been paid off, is increased since the adjournment of the Parliament, they being to sit again to-morrow. This 5th of November is observed exceeding well in the City; and at night great bonfires and fireworks. At night Mr. Moore came and sat with me, and there I took a book and he did instruct me in many law notions, in which I took great pleasure. 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.)

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Got up at I-don’t-know-what-time. Me and Courtney missed the bus and didn’t get to school until 4th period. But it was OK ’cause it was a 2-hour delay ’cause of elections. Came home and got very sad thinking about everyone I miss and how much my school sucks. I don’t know what to do. Sit by and keep being depressed with thoughts of anorexia? Ask for a transfer? God, help me. Sean called me! I was so happily surprised…

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

I went to Tilda Morris’ today, took Atheline & Willie. Took the headache & staid all night. Atheline came home to tell them & brought Zona back with her. All well. A bare frost this morning. Mr. Henry in the field till dark.

*(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 made out an advertisement and went to Whitmore Lake this afternoon and put it up in the Post Office there. We went to Dexter tonight and heard Dr. Ramsay lecture on “sky wonders.” It looks like snow.

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