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.)