Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mail brought no news, only Price & Vandorn have had an engagement with the yanks not far from Corinth. We whipped them good. That is all the news up to this time. I quilted after reading the papers. Mr. Henry’s back is improving slowly. I bathe it good at morning, noon & night in mustang linement. I hope he may soon be restored to perfect health.

*(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

Kate washed this morning and I took care of Una and wrote a letter to Pa and one to Ralph McAllaster.  Went out just before noon and chopped down a tree and sawed a few chunks and split them.  Worked at the kitchen all the afternoon.  Went to the sing tonight, it sprinkled some as I came home.

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

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Jim picked up rubbish at noon. I forgot the mess outside. Cleaned window sills and windows men coming Wednesday. Really tired today. Lo shopped at noon. Mrs. B. came for coffee. I had been at Carrie’s she was doing grapes. I didn’t go over again had left over meat etc.

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Yes! Went to Renee’s (Zach, Ashley, Julie). Later Sean came. Then he left and came back with Mike. Sean took all of us 2 Juice Shoppe. (He has his license! 🙂 ) They left (guys) and got drunk. It was just me, Renee and Ashely, and Mike called at 8:00 drunk as piss begging me 2 go out with them. Said no, so they came over. Zach said Mike liked me, and we got up. He looks good.

Marcy S., age 50, North Carolina

Praise You and thank You, Lord, for Rosies’ calling to thank me for my prayers and for our trip to Rocky Mount to the Al-Anon meeting. For all we were able to share even though self-consciousness prevented me from expressing much that was in my heart in response to things she said. Thank You, dear Lord, for giving me another chance in Your good time — on several occasions since Boots and her friends prayed for me last Thursday. I have been released from self-consciousness. The secret, I know, is constant awareness of Your presence within me — help me today to believe You are living in me, each moment.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Wow. This day was cool/weird/nice/surprising. Normal day until after school. Phred stayed after school with me ’cause I needed help from Ms. Griffin and so did he. When we were in the halls he asked me out. Then we went into the stairwell and he kissed me. It was a peck, but it was really good. (Buncha little pecks.) I liked it, but I pulled away. Love Sean so much. Went home and mowed lawn. Talked to Karen. 🙂 Went to Applebee’s with Ed and Em. Talked to Phred. Talked to Sean and told him.

Samuel P., age 27, London

Office day all the morning. In the afternoon with the upholster seeing him do things to my mind, and to my content he did fit my chamber and my wife’s. At night comes Mr. Moore, and staid late with me to tell me how Sir Hards. Waller (who only pleads guilty), Scott, Coke, Peters, Harrison, &c. were this day arraigned at the bar at the Sessions House, there being upon the bench the Lord Mayor, General Monk, my Lord of Sandwich, &c.; such a bench of noblemen as had not been ever seen in England!

They all seem to be dismayed, and will all be condemned without question. In Sir Orlando Bridgman’s charge, he did wholly rip up the unjustness of the war against the King from the beginning, and so it much reflects upon all the Long Parliament, though the King had pardoned them, yet they must hereby confess that the King do look upon them as traitors.

To-morrow they are to plead what they have to say. At night 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.)

Henry S., age 25, Michigan

Pa and Willie went to Dexter this morning to see the Dr. but he was away. Willies hand is doing well though. Went to church and stayed to Sunday-shool. All went to atemperance meeting tonight,  but me.

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