Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mrs. Jamison spent the day here. I have not done much on the shirt. The machine stitched the bosom very well. Aunt Patsy brought home some light mixed stocking yarn. It is very nice, blue & white. A great deal warmer today. The leaves are crisped up on the apple trees from the cold. We have had heavy frosts every morning for several days.

*(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 began to grow cold this morning and I went to work and made shelves in the cellar and moved our canned fruit from the wood shed down where I think it will not freeze.  I put the potatoes down also and made a door to the cellar way.  Taught this afternoon.  Went over to the store after school and learned that the stove had come.  It is freezing hard tonight and I dug what potatoes I raised this year, about ½ or 2/3 bushel and put in the cellar.  Fred Neill was here and spent the evening.

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

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Too tired to do much. Did too much yesterday. Helen dropped in about noon. She is going with us to cabin. Having pan cakes and sausage. Came home quite early as Helen going to Heddie’s for coffee, following a dinner she had for her sister. Set our clocks back and gained an hour.

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Nuttin’ special in school. But Sean got his car! He took me, Ashley, Zach, Courtnie Wood 2 Ashley’s. Mike was in the car. Chris almost seemed jealous. Mom came at 4:00. Did homework and T.V. Went to Jasper’s with Dad, etc. Did yoga. Showered. Homework.

Samuel P., age 27, London

I up early, it being my Lord Mayor’s day, (Sir Richd. Browne), and neglecting my office I went to the Wardrobe, where I met my Lady Sandwich and all the children; and after drinking of some strange and incomparable good clarett of Mr. Rumball’s he and Mr. Townsend did take us, and set the young Lords at one Mr. Nevill’s, a draper in Paul’s churchyard; and my Lady and my Lady Pickering and I to one Mr. Isaacson’s, a linendraper at the Key in Cheapside; where there was a company of fine ladies, and we were very civilly treated, and had a very good place to see the pageants, which were many, and I believe good, for such kind of things, but in themselves but poor and absurd. After the ladies were placed I took Mr. Townsend and Isaacson to the next door, a tavern, and did spend 5s. upon them. The show being done, we got as far as Paul’s with much ado, where I left my Lady in the coach, and went on foot with my Lady Pickering to her lodging, which was a poor one in Blackfryars, where she never invited me to go in at all, which methought was very strange for her to do.

So home, where I was told how my Lady Davis is now come to our next lodgings, and has locked up the leads door from me, which puts me into so great a disquiet that I went to bed, and could not sleep till morning at it.

*(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.)

Maggie L., age 24, Illinois

A heavy frost last night. A beautiful day. Zella, Lora and I took a walk this after noon. Zella is sick in bed this evening with a bad head ache. Misses Mande Johnson and May Groundberg called to see the girls. I have gotten Grace’s birthday present (a riddle book) ready to send.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Pretty good day at school. Geoff Christman rode the bus home for the 1st time of many today. Hmm… Came home, mowed and raked the next door lawn. Did some homework. Watched the story. Did homework. Ate dinner with Mom and Kathy. Talked to Courtney on the phone. Did homework. Phred called me. Augh. He’s getting on my nerves. Shannon W. and me wrote back and forth in school. She’s so sweet! I had a very productive day! Watched TV and slept.

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Mr. Henry & I went to Asheville to see the regiments leave. It was an imposing sight. Not near so many as there was to see the 25th Regiment leave. I did some shopping, made a bill of some 10$ pale as I went though as I think it is the best way. Got myself a calico dress for which I had to pay 22 cts. per yard, dear enough. I also got some bed ticking. We rode very fast going to Asheville. I went horseback. I was afraid to lope at first but I soon got over that. I rode John & Mr. Henry the gray colt. We got back about 1 o’clock. Mr. Henry got Pinck some boots & a hat. Pinck went with John in wagon. He took some flour. We got three wooden buckets, two for milk & one for me a water bucket.

*(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

I went over to father Queals this morning and helped thrash until about 3 p.m., then came home and got ready for the reading circle meeting which was held here tonight. We had a good time and a fair turn-out. It was warmer today.

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

Abbie B., age 22, Kansas

Lizzie Rose came over on their pony. She had three letters for us and a bundle of papers. In p.m. Mr. S came with two more letters—and another bundle of papers. What a terrible fire they have had in Chicago.

The boys were to the river, and came back with two wild geese. Mr. Stafford stayed for supper.   We had turkey, squash, stewed peaches, pie, bread and coffee. He promised to do the plowing next week.  It is very smoky.  The wind from the North.

*(kansasmemory.org, Kansas State Historical Society, copy and reuse restrictions apply)