Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mr. Henry improves very slow, is not able to go to the mill without resting. I do hope he may soon be well. He frets so much about staying in the house all the time. The others are all well. George Peak eat dinner here today. He left about 2 o’clock for Asheville. Said he was going to Hendersonville tonight. Rather cool all day. I have quilted some today, will get it out in two more days, I think. Mr. Henry & Zona went to the mill this afternoon. He still has slight chills & fever every day. George Peak was telling us of a battle in Kentucky. Our forces were victorious completely as Gen. Bragg commanding the Confederates. We took a great many prisoners, Army stores &c. The mail carrier says the same is reported in Greenville S. C.

*(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 have been at the Court House all day helping the Poor Commissioners start their accounts in some new books.  Will have to go again tomorrow.  It rained this morning and again this evening.  Una burned some of her fingers today, which gives her a sore hand.

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

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Woke up real early pitch dark. Phone rang right after six. Alice Joslyn called to say Doc Cook had heart attack and died at Boscobel early 1:30 or 2:00. Loie had a wild day here and there, errands etc. Carrie seemed some better but looks so thin. Mrs. B. came over then I made cookies for Loie to take to Helen’s. Later cooked ham for them. In eve. went up to see Helen. Looks awful but felt better talking with us.