Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Quilted after the cool of the morning was over, will get it out tomorrow. I sold 6 lbs. of butter yesterday evening for 3$. Dear butter surely. Mr. Henry continues to improve very slow. Has no appetite for anything. I hope & pray he may soon be restored to perfect health. He is a dear kind husband to me & a fond father to his little ones.

*(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

It turned cold last night and has been squalling all day; sometimes the snow became quite visible on the ground.  I finished my job of bookkeeping at the court house this forenoon and received my pay for the same.  Went up town tonight and got the mail.  Called at Mr. Waters a little while to see Fred about getting some potatoes of him.  It is a rather rough night out.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Chris had a big zit on his face. HA. Gave out pics and received some, too. Went 2 Renee’s with Ashley and Amanda. Zach and Mike stopped by for about 5 minutes. Dumb. Ashley’s mom took me home. Did homework. Ate and cleaned kitchen. Did art homework for an hour. Ashley called and I called Karen.