Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mr. Henry very feeble all day, has not sit up any. Hanes attends to Willie today. I finished Mr. Henry’s cotton socks today & began some for Zona. Striped red, black & white. Have knit but very little as Mr. Henry is not well & I can’t work well. Dr. Thrash came this morning, recommended blue pill. He says ’tis Mr. Henry’s liver that is not doing well.

*(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 let Jimmie out to wander around on the place as he pleased today and I think he had enjoyed the privilege.  Kate walked to church this forenoon and I stayed and cared for the baby.  We went over to Neill’s a while this afternoon.  It is raining this evening.

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

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Up early as usual on Sun. A.M. After taking Carrie to S.S. Lo went over to try to get window opened but didn’t succeed. Think now the paint on the outside is interfering. She also cleaned unbeknown to C. [?] went to cabin and didn’t get home until after six. Lo did a lot of painting beside cleaning.

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Cold again. Went 2 fashion page meeting after school. Walked 2 Juice Shoppe with Julie, then I walked 2 Renee’s. Malia came later with Sol and her other friends. It was fun. Em picked me and Renee up. We all went 2 Eddie’s. Renee spent night with me afterwards and we watched “Wonder Years” marathon.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

I talked to Mario in 3rd and he said, “fuck Courtney.” “Whatever,” I said, “you always say it — but you never dump her or anything.” I think I have a crush — but that’s all. Went to Shannon’s after school. Came to Dad’s. Had dinner, watched “Romeo and Juliet.” Talked to Sean. I love him so much! Tomorrow should be fun ’cause it’s an early release day and I get to go over to Pansy’s house. Yay! I may even get to spend the night with her on Saturday.

Samuel P., age 27, London

This morning my brother Tom came to me, with whom I made even for my last clothes to this day, and having eaten a dish of anchovies with him in the morning, my wife and I did intend to go forth to see a play at the Cockpit this afternoon, but Mr. Moore coming to me, my wife staid at home, and he and I went out together, with whom I called at the upholsters and several other places that I had business with, and so home with him to the Cockpit, where, understanding that “Wit without money” was acted, I would not stay, but went home by water, by the way reading of the other two stories that are in the book that I read last night, which I do not like so well as it.

Being come home, Will. told me that my Lord had a mind to speak with me to-night; so I returned by water, and, coming there, it was only to enquire how the ships were provided with victuals that are to go with him to fetch over the Queen, which I gave him a good account of.

He seemed to be in a melancholy humour, which, I was told by W. Howe, was for that he had lately lost a great deal of money at cards, which he fears he do too much addict himself to now-a-days. So home by water and 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

Cousin Betsy & Miss Lowry started this morning to where they are going to burry Gen. Lowry. No one in the house with the corpse but Cousin Mary Moore & I. Mr. Henry gone up to the hotel place. I shall be lonely for some time. I have not seen Gen. Lowry since he came here nor do I expect to. David Plemmons started with the corpse about 2 o’clock to some 20 miles where they burry him. Cousin Mary knit on a sock today for me. I sewed on Hanes’ shirt, finished 1 today & some on another. She started home about 3 o’clock. It began drissling rain about 2 and continued all night.

*(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

Pa an I drew a couple of loads of pumpkins this morning, and then I went to husking corn. Kate and Effie went to Dexter. We husked corn this afternoon. Mr. Butler & wife were here after nuts. Pa took a load to the Nilsson Club tonight.

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