Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

We had some rain last night & it is raining & snowing a little now. Very cold & unpleasant. I very much fear the sweet potatoes will spoil as they dug them yesterday & Friday. They are covered with straw & boards. I have saved a nice chance of pepper & that I pulled up is ripening very well on the bush. Mr. Boyd staid here last night & is here now & will stay till after dinner. The snow I see is laying on the kitchen. I don’t think it will snow much, at least I hope it won’t for it will ruin the sweet potatoes. We are all in my room by the fire. Mr. Henry & Mr. Boyd reading. Pinck & Zona eating chesnuts, some George gave awhile ago. I am going to get two Gall & 1/2 for 1.00 from him in the morning. Mr. Henry says he is well this morning, only a little feeble. Oh! how I pity the poor soldiers this cold day. They are suffering for clothes & shoes at this time & we are so comfortable around our hearth. I do indeed pity them, may we soon have an honorable peace is my prayer & the pray of every true Southerner. I must stop soon as I want to read some. I have been reading “Mothers Recompence” for some two or three weeks at odd times & want to finish it today. It is now soon after 12 & dinner will soon be on. We have had a big snow & very cold at night. The snow was two inches deep where it lay & would have been a big snow if all that fell had not melted so fast. The ground froze in the evening. The wind from the North & very cold. Poor soldiers you will suffer this night. Boyd went home after dinner. Mr. Henry wants him to put a chimney to the dining room soon as it is so cold in there. I hope will do it before long. Mr. Henry is much better today, will be able soon to go any where.

*(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

The thermometer was only 18o above 0 this morning; it was the hardest freeze I ever saw at this time of the year.  I put the roof on the cellar this forenoon and began to make the cellar way.  This afternoon I went up and commenced my seasons work teaching Bookkeeping and penmanship at the College.  A few of the new tables were done and they are good ones, just what is needed for the work.  It has grown some warmer during the day.

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