Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Hurried to do as much as possible, expecting Pink and Marian by noon to go to funeral. Jim came to go with us too so alone. Up to Helen’s after service stayed so long there. To cabin and back. Folks went to see Burt and Ray. Stayed until 4:00 AM. I cooked prunes and bake of cookies I had in refrig.

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Lunch was pretty good — usually boring. Casey has a broken rib and he couldn’t be near me and Renee for laughing. Dad picked me up and I drove Renee and Zach to Renee’s. Worked from 3-4:15! 🙂 Walked home. Drew. Dad came. Wendy had dinner with us. Did homework and Dad got me acne medicine. 🙂 Sweet.

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

I finished my quilt today. I have been four weeks lacking one day at work on it. I have not quilted every day. I have missed four days besides several pieces of days as it has been so cool for the last three days. I have not commenced work till ten o’clock. Hanes has attended to Willie for a week so he is no trouble to me. Mr. Henry still improves. Atheline put mud on the grease spots in my room so I want to scour tomorrow. Three soldiers stay here tonight. One had his arm shot off at the Richmond battles, named Hunter.

*(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 commenced to dig potatoes in Fred Waters’ field this morning and kept at it all day, getting about seven bushels in all.  I would not like to give much for what are left and he planted ground enough for 100 bushels.  It has been a pleasant day, but the air has been pretty cool.  The thermometer stood just at the freezing point this evening.  I tried to practice writing this evening but I am too tired to do anything at it.

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