Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Quilted all day. Nothing new going on. There has been some terrible battles lately. Our troops have been victorious & I sincerely hope may continue so. I have not heard a word from Dora & them since they left.

*(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

Have been doing carpenter work today, built table this morning and put another window in the kitchen.  Went up town just before dinner and got the mail and bought a high chair for the baby as she is beginning to pull herself almost out of her cart.  I received the cards, which I ordered so long ago.  Spent the most of this afternoon in making a cupboard for use in the kitchen.  Received a letter from Ralph McAllaster written with a type writer.

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

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Lo went to work, later I went over to see how things were and clean her part of porch and steps where men tracked. Lo went out to get kittens. Had found a home for them. Jim took care of Cooney’s kittens. Right now down to 4 but will be more soon. Did washing.

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Today I said, “You can’t hate me 4ever.” He said, “Yeah, I can.” I wrote him a note and said at the end 4 him 2 call me/write me. He hasn’t called and it’s 10:00. He won’t write. Sean’s birthday. He failed his license test, though. 🙁 Worked after school. Walked home. Dad picked me up. Stopped by Courtney’s. Ate. Showered. Watched 90210 and hoped the phone would ring. Nope.

Samuel P., age 27, London

Early to my Lord to Whitehall, and there he did give me some work to do for him, and so with all haste to the office.

Dined at home, and my father by chance with me.

After dinner he and I advised about hangings for my rooms, which are now almost fit to be hung, the painters beginning to do their work to-day. After dinner he and I to the Miter, where with my uncle Wight (whom my father fetched thither), while I drank a glass of wine privately with Mr. Mansell, a poor Reformado of the Charles, who came to see me.

Here we staid and drank three or four pints of wine and so parted.

I home to look after my workmen, and at night to bed.

The Commissioners are very busy disbanding of the army, which they say do cause great robbing. My layings out upon my house in furniture are so great that I fear I shall not be able to go through them without breaking one of my bags of 100l., I having but 200l. yet in the world.

*(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.)

Maggie L., age 24, Illinois

Showery. I went down to Aunt Sarah’s in the morning, then down to the girls room. Went to dinner with Zella. Zella, Lora and I went up to Aunt Sarahs a little while this after noon. Wrote home and to Grace Kerr. Mrs. Sharp invited us down in the evening to play and sing.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Only an okay day at school again. Just waiting for an awesome one to come along. Me and Mitch got along well today. Sat with him at lunch. Me and Shannon watched Melrose at my house. Gave Alex his bitch letters from the two of us. Then he called me and said it was all B.S. W/E. Talked to Sean. It’s his birthday. He’s so good to me, I love him. Mitch says I’m obsessed… W/E. Sol and Zach stopped by! They stayed for a half hour. It was so good to see them. 🙂

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

I cut Willie out some dresses but sewed but little. They are short ones. I will have them to make with my fingers as all very fine machine needles are broken.

*(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 started to take Fred to the cars this morning, but when we got to Quells he changed his mind and went to the Chelsea fair with Nellie. Kate and I are going over there to stay tonight. I have been studying Book-keeping this afternoon. It has been a cold cloudy day.   

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

Abbie B., age 22, Kansas

A beautiful morning. Two letters from home. They have kept us in papers—so we have kept track of the Franco Prus­sian War, ct. The Springers were here to day, Mr. S – is a tease. It seems to him I ought to marry one of these young men.  I’d rather keep them as friends.

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