Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Cold with wind from North. Fannie & Jinnie picking & breaking the black wool. The other hands getting fire wood. Mr. Henry at the mill nearly all day. He is about well, has a good appetite. I have bound my new quilt today with red. It looks very well. Mail brought no news, only a little fight at Pocataligo on the coast in S. C. Our forces drove the yanks to their boats. We lost some 20 killed & 60 wounded & missing. The yanks lost a great many more. I cut Mr. Henry five shirts this evening out of sheeting. In three of them I put bleached bosoms. Other two linen.

*(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 was a pleasant morning and Kate, Una and I drove up town to get the jar of butter that ma sent us, and so several other errands.  We called at Dr. Taylor’s.  I received a letter from Prof. Farley of Trenton, N.J. in which he praised my writing; I was much pleased to get encouraging words from so high a source.  Worked on the cellar the remainder of the forenoon.  Taught at the college this afternoon.  Have been writing this evening.  We sent 2 of Una’s pictures home today.

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

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Still cloudy. Fixed back porch and while in the kitchen, woman came to front door — wanted me to go to breakfast. Woman’s club. Didn’t go. Too many things to do outside and in. Raked and picked up but no place for anything. Hope Jim will be available before too long. Washed small storms and windows on porch.

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Good day. I wore my new shirt and got lots of compliments. Went 2 Renee’s with Zach. Mom came and we went thrift shopping. Got 2 new pants and a shirt. Yay. Did homework. Story. Had breakfast 4 dinner. Cleaned up room some. Did yoga and Mom watched. Ashley called and so did Renee.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Just hung out with Bryan. Went to Shannon’s at 3:00. Came home and studied Biology. All I can think about is Sean and I hate it. What’s going through his head? So, I called and said “I just wanted to know who you’re playing, me or Leslie?” He said he didn’t know what was happening and he wasn’t playing anyone. He said he’s so confused and he misses me. I cried and said I missed him, that I miss everyone. I just want to get over him.

Samuel P., age 27, London

In London and Westminster all this day paying of money and buying of things for my house.

In my going I went by chance by my new Lord Mayor’s house (Sir Richard Browne), by Goldsmith’s Hall, which is now fitting, and indeed is a very pretty house.

In coming back I called at Paul’s Churchyard and bought Alsted’s Encyclopaedia, which cost me 38s.

Home and to bed, my wife being much troubled with her old pain.

*(The Diary of Samuel Pepys M.A. F.R.S., edited by Henry B. Wheatley F.S.A., London, George Bell & Sons York St. Covent Garden, Cambridge Deighton Bell & Co., 1893.)

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Capt. Robertson not up yet. He had cramp collic last night. Mrs. Jarvis left this morning for home. Mrs. Robertson has just come from the camps. Mr. Henry went with her, he is not come yet. She went to get clean clothes for her old man. I must go and see about dinner as we are going to have duck for dinner. All are well, nothing new going on. No one here for dinner but Mr. Henry & I & the children. Capt. Robertson & wife went to the camps for dinner. Mr. Henry bought a fine chance of chestnuts today for me & the children. The other day Zona came in with a stick saying she was going to shoot the yankees. She is a sprightly child, so is Pinck. Willie is growing finely, very much like Pinck was when he was little.

We all went to the old field this evening to see them on dress parade, had a very good serman delivered by Dr. Chapman, the presbyterian minister of Asheville. It was rather cool up there. They had dress parade after service. It was late when we got home. There was a good many people out. Last ones started, the others went to the camps. He & I only went to the old field. I had to carry Zona part of the way. Mr. Henry over at camps. I did not get back till 1 o’clock. Mr. Henry went to Asheville with the Regiment. It was 3 o’clock before the negroes got dinner as all hands & the cook had to see them start.

*(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 25, Michigan

Husked corn again today. We are getting along pretty well. It began to rain just befor we quit work tonight and rained quite hard this evening. Kate went over to father Quells today and will stay tonight. We had a mess of tomatoes off the vines today for dinner.

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