Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Up early as usual. After breakfast Lo to cabin and right back. Then to pick up Carrie for S.S. She came over after church and stayed until 2:00. Lo had mowed back yard and cut the cord in two. Went to Helen’s and got hers. When we took Carrie home the men were all set to take Mrs. Anderson to the home in Harvard. A sad affair; didn’t go to talk to her.

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

I have been knitting nearly all day. I began to crochet Zona a net today of coloured cotton, did but little at it. I got some sweet potatoes for dinner today. The thrashers came today to thrash Mr. Henry’s wheat, Hendrix & Co. The wheat turns out but poorly. Flour is now selling at 12 1/2 cts. per lb.

*(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 baby had several crying spells last night and we had to get up and build a fire and warm her up.  I went to church today.  This afternoon we took a long ride going north from here and then cast into the township of Homestead and back by the state road. We saw lots of good land, which is now in a wild state.  It has been a nice pleasant day and we enjoyed the ride.  I am 26 years old today and I don’t like to think I am as unsettled as to what my life work is to be, as I really am.  Hope another year will develop some settled business.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Drove to school. Wore my new dress — compliments. Never saw Chris. Dad picked me up and I drove home and 2 work. Closed. Mom picked me up. Drove home. Took care of Lucky. Em picked me up, went 2 Eddie’s. Ate. Me and Eddie practiced on the stick-shift. Came home. Chris called me! He asked for Crozier’s number, but we talked for like 20 minutes! Damn, right when I was getting over him.

Maggie L., age 24, Illinois

It rained a little. I went up to Aunt Sarah’s in the evening. Aunt Lib was there she had just come from our house at Spring Grove. Zella and Lora came up also and we had a nice visit. Lora and I went to Pierces to see about sewing. Went down town in the morning and had my eyes fitted for new glasses.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

School pretty much sucked. I think it’s ’cause I absolutely hated my outfit. And it was picture day. Dad said I can spend the night with Brittany on Saturday and we’ve got it all planned out. So excited. Went to group therapy and got bitched at for the trouble I got into, but other than that it was really good. Me, Dad, etc. went to Applebee’s for dinner. Talked to Brittany, Sean, and Karen.

Samuel P., age 27, London

At home all the morning looking over my workmen in my house. After dinner Sir W. Batten, Pen, and myself by coach to Westminster Hall, where we met Mr. Wayte the lawyer to the Treasurer, and so we went up to the Committee of Parliament, which are to consider of the debts of the Army and Navy, and did give in our account of the twenty-five ships. Col. Birch was very impertinent and troublesome. But at last we did agree to fit the accounts of our ships more perfectly for their view within a few days, that they might see what a trouble it is to do what they desire. From thence Sir Williams both going by water home, I took Mr. Wayte to the Rhenish winehouse, and drank with him and so parted.

Thence to Mr. Crew’s and spoke with Mr. Moore about the business of paying off Baron our share of the dividend. So on foot home, by the way buying a hat band and other things for my mourning to-morrow. So home and to bed. This day I heard that the Duke of York, upon the news of the death of his brother yesterday, came hither by post last night.

*(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

Mr. Henry & I went to Asheville today as the 25th Regiment of volunteers left there. Was a good many people in Asheville. I saw Rachel Miller there. Her husband is in the 6th Regiment. We went horse back. Came back to dinner. I had the headache all the evening badly. Took a nap but found no relief. Mr. Henry took a nap also, bought the children some toys. Two little dogs & an indian rubber ball.

*(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 cultivated and dragged for wheat in the cornfield this forenoon. Fred Neill came today while we were eating dinner. I was surprised, but gladly. He and Kate are at father Quells tonight. Kate Ball, Effie and I were at Butlers to a sing tonight. [Note in margin] My birthday, 25th.  

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

Ralph G., age 18, Indiana

Got up at 7:15 and found it raining. Made hurried visit to the cafeteria and afterwards met Charles Butler who was kind enough to help us start our enrollment in class. This took us the biggest part of the day, and as it rained all day we had no time for recreation. Took dinner and supper at cafeteria as usual and went to bed about 9:30. Took examination in English composition at 7:00 P.M.

*Ralph Garriott Diary: Indiana University Archives (Collection C361)