Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Willie slept very badly last night & I had the toothache a good deal. I think he was too warm as it was a very warm night. I slept without cover. His bowels have got nearly well. I got some potatoes for dinner, had a pudding very nice sweetened with molasses, fried cabbage, kid sweet potatoes and other things. A Mr. Morgan eat dinner here. He has gone. Mr. Reynolds preached at the Academy today. Mr. Henry & I did not go. The negroes, all but Jinnie, went. She got dinner. It is now near 3 o’clock. Mr. Henry has gone to pick some chinquiapins. Zona is asleep. Pinck & Willie went off this morning with Atheline to the old Hendrix house to see some of Catherine’s kin that lives there. I must write to Lena this evening & there are others I ought to write to so no more time to my journal now.

*(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

I have been working on Will Case’s books all day and will have a little to go in the morning on them.  It has been an unpleasant day out.  Went up to singing class this evening, heard that I am wanted at the College to teach, but I don’t know anything about it, will probably learn in a few days.

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

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Warmer today and sunny most of the time. Went to Carrie’s. Mrs. B.’s for coffee. No mail for C. so called Stones. They had gotten the mail so had Carrie’s check. Lo went down at noon to pick it up. Had a little rest but then back to work in the garage but was interrupted twice so gave it up.

Samuel P., age 27, London

Office day; dined at home, and all the afternoon at home to see my painters make an end of their work, which they did to-day to my content, and I am in great joy to see my house likely once again to be clean. At night to bed.

*(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.)

Marcy S., age 62, North Carolina

“Father, I now bless Harold with the love and light of Christ and with spiritual growth. I bless our marriage with a spirit of love and forgiveness. I bless both of us, in Jesus’ name, with assurance that we are loved and accepted by the other one. I ask that the spirit of our marriage be totally healed. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

I have prayed this prayer for Mark and Sandra, too.

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

I went to the Academy to preaching, heard a good serman from Mr. Byrd. It is a two days meeting. Conference sets before long in Greenville Ten. The ministers are on their way now. Mr. W. Renolds was out today with Uncle Jonnie. Mr. Henry gone off to a muster somewhere. George & John gone after wheat to Bailey’s. Finished Willie’s dress yesterday. I have done nothing today worth notice.

*(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 did a little specimen writing this morning. Willie cut his fingers terribly this forenoon, Ma and I took him up to Dr. Chase and had them dressed, it was hard job for him. I gathered some nuts and helped pa pick cider apples this afternoon. Henry and Nellie came after Kate tonight. 

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