Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mail brought no news this morning, we got no letters. I knit after dinner. I commenced a pair cotton socks for Mr. Henry. They are very fine & smooth. They are the first I have ever knit him. Willie is still loose in his bowels. I attend to him as Hanes is helping about the wheat & Atheline is not able to walk on her foot much. Mr. Henry contracted for two wheels & a reel the other day. They are to be done in a month. 

*(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 went over to Neill’s this morning and went with Fred to get some water at the creek.  We put the battens I brought at the saw mill in the wagon and brought them home.  I fixed the little pictures that go on the Hidden name cards, so they are ready to stick on as soon as the cards are written.  I go to Onekema to write Cards at the fair this week, shall start tomorrow.  I tremble for the consequences of this venture.  Kate, baby and I went up town this afternoon and did some trading and got the mail.  I got a letter from ma and Kate received a dress for Una from Mrs. Geo. Phelps.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Good day at school. Wore my new fat jeans and a comfy white t-shirt. Chillin’. Chris is hangin’ outs with my friends now, and he called them nerds! I yelled at him 4 it. Went home with Ashley. Came home and walked Lucky. Dad picked me up and I drove home. Karen and Wayne ate Chinese with us. Courtney picked me up and we went with Thi to the game. Saw Chris’s car after I left and left a note on his car. Fate’s a bitch.

Marcy S., age 62, North Carolina

By the power of the blood of Jesus I have been cleansed from the inside out of all defilement of spirit, heart, mind, and body. Thank You, Father God, that I am forgiven, cleansed, and free. Help me to remember to use Your Word to renew my mind in order that purity may be finally established in my life.

Samuel P., age 27, London

(Office day). I put on my mourning and went to the office. At noon thinking to have found my wife in hers, I found that the tailor had failed her, at which I was vexed because of an invitation that we have to a dinner this day, but after having waited till past one o’clock I went, and left her to put on some other clothes and come after me to the Mitre tavern in Wood-street (a house of the greatest note in London), where I met W. Symons, and D. Scobell, and their wives, Mr. Samford, Luellin, Chetwind, one Mr. Vivion, and Mr. White, formerly chaplin to the Lady Protectresse (and still so, and one they say that is likely to get my Lady Francess for his wife).

Here we were very merry and had a very good dinner, my wife coming after me hither to us. Among other pleasures some of us fell to handycapp, a sport that I never knew before, which was very good. We staid till it was very late; it rained sadly, but we made shift to get coaches. So home and 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.)

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

I sewed till about ten o’clock then Mr. Henry & I went to old Quinn’s to get some grapes. I eat a great many & had headache again this evening. We brought a good many home with us. Cool mornings & nights.

*(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

It rained hard again last night. Kate and Ferd came back this fornoon. We went to church. Kate Ball and Alice went away this afternoon. Fred Neill and I took a walk through the swamp and by Cransons [?]. We have been eating grapes and visiting tonight. It is cool.

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

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Today was a little better. I just hate my 6th period. Courtney gave me my “present” and I thanked her greatly for it. My outfit was much more comfy. Math is so fun. Shannon came over and we slept and did our homework. Went to Los Tres with Eddie. We went around the lake. Wonderful weather. We watched Friends… Did homework. Talked to Brittany.

Ralph G., age 18, Indiana

Got up at 7:00, went to cafeteria for breakfast, and then went to my first college class, which was Spanish, under Professor Short. Went to convocation at assembly hall and heard Dr. Shirley an Indianapolis lawyer talk on various laws of the United States. Met an old Knightstown chum Russell C. Rees a junior at I.U. and discussed various affairs with him until time for my eleven o’clock class (Algebra) under Prof. Davis. Ate dinner at cafeteria and went to accounting class in commerce building under Prof. McCollough. Made hurried visit to University book store and bought a number of books and went home. I returned to the assembly hall for my first class in Military science and tactics, which was merely a class of instruction. Left assembly hall and went to biology hall to get my English composition changed from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Spent the rest of the afternoon at the gridiron watching I.U.’s hopeful proteges fight for supremacy on the the local “eleven.” Went home and prepared myself to go out as a guest of “Sigma Nu” for 6:00 dinner at a downtown hotel. Went to above mentioned dinner, and was treated royally. Came home and worked algebra problems, and studied Spanish. Heard bunches of Sophomores out chasing freshmen for the purpose of initiating them. I have escaped so far. Am expecting mine anytime. In bed 10:00 P.M.

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