Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Frost this morning in low places. It did not kill the pepper. I pulled up a good deal of it yesterday evening to let it dry on the stalk. We have saved a fine chance of ripe pepper this summer, more than usual. I have knit a little in the evening. Mr. Henry & I went down to see the hogs. They are in pens not far from the mill. We then went by the mill to the sawmill where Wiley Knight is making a molasses mill & then to the dam. Mr. Henry did not seem to be fatigued much. He is improving slowly, does not eat anything of consequence. This has been a bright warm day after the morning was off.

*(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 over and saw Mr. Olson this morning and engaged him to saw some wood for me as soon as he can find time.  Went to the saw mill to see about getting lumber to fix up for winter with; came home and commenced to saw up some wood myself.  This afternoon Jessie Neill came over and we all went up in the woods after Beech nuts.  I took the baby’s high chair and she saw in that while we gather a few minutes.  I drew up some wood towards evening.  It has been a pleasant day.  A hard frost last night.

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