Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Finished one shirt today & made bosom & wristbands for the other linen one. Mr. Henry went to Asheville today. No war news of importance. He got a set of cups & saucers, also six very nice mugs with covers. The children are delighted with them. We eat in my room now and have all this week as it is too cold in the dining room for the children. The wool that was mixed at the machine is not done very well. It is blue & white, one third blue. It makes a very pretty light suit. Mr. Henry had a suit last winter.

*(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 stood 19 o above 0 this morning and the ground was frozen hard.  It grew warmer during the day but the wind has blown hard and it has been chilly.  I went to church this forenoon.  Have letters to ma and Scott Williams. We put a lock of Una’s hair in the letter to ma.

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

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Up early. GB came for a little breakfast. Went out to Anderson’s to look over what was left in house. Picked over some things. GB plans to have sale soon on what’s left. Came home and they went to ponies. Gone so long, afraid she wouldn’t get back to get Dwight. He had called from City coming 11:17. She made it. Carrie came after church. Ate and stayed until 3:30. Dwight went to bed slept until 10:30. Helen came at 8:30.

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Zach’s starting 2 get on my nerves with his complaining and criticizing. It scares me. Good lunch. Failed an English test. Dad picked me up. Went 2 work till 5:00 with Jenn and Brooke. Ashley came and saw me. Eddie picked me up. We had Los Tres. Did homework and T.V. Talked on phone. Typed up poems. Came home. Mom got her hair cut! Awesome. 🙁

Samuel P., age 27, London

Within all the morning and dined at home, my mind being so troubled that I could not mind nor do anything till I spoke with the Comptroller to whom the lodgings belong. In the afternoon, to ease my mind, I went to the Cockpit all alone, and there saw a very fine play called “The Tamer Tamed;” very well acted.

That being done, I went to Mr. Crew’s, where I had left my boy, and so with him and Mr. Moore (who would go a little way with me home, as he will always do) to the Hercules Pillars to drink, where we did read over the King’s declaration in matters of religion, which is come out to-day, which is very well penned, I think to the satisfaction of most people.

So home, where I am told Mr. Davis’s people have broken open the bolt of my chamber door that goes upon the leads, which I went up to see and did find it so, which did still trouble me more and more. And so I sent for Griffith, and got him to search their house to see what the meaning of it might be, but can learn nothing to-night. But I am a little pleased that I have found this out.

I hear nothing yet of my Lord, whether he be gone for the Queen from the Downs or no; but I believe he is, and that he is now upon coming back again.

*(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.)

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

OK day at school. Geoff wasn’t there, but I don’t know why I care. Gave Shannon a really good bitch note and she didn’t respond in any way. I’ll talk to her tomorrow. Came home and didn’t mean to, but slept for 2 hours. What’s up with that? Woke up at 5:00 and did some homework. Dad picked me up and we met Sandra and Becca at Applebee’s. Em waited on us. Came to Dad’s and did homework. Sean called me, thank God! 🙂 Dad carved pumpkin. Started on Eddie’s X-mas present, “Topics of Conversation.”

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

I made Jinnie a bonnet & Pinck a pair of jean pants. Was busy all day. I cut out some shirts for Charley. Atheline sewing on them. Charley is not well today. Aunt Tena thinks it is from eating sugar cane as they have been cutting it down. Stanopher Jones makes it up for half. I have been very sore all day from my ride yesterday.

*(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 and helped Geo. Phelps thrash today. We got through about 2 o’clock.  I worked with Ed taking care of the grain. I went at the husking when I got home, Kate helped me. It has been a beautiful day. I feel tired tonight. 

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