Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Finished the napkins today. Willie’s bowels getting a little better. The others well. Mr. Henry went to Asheville today as the mail carrier told us last night that there had been some hard fighting at Harpers Ferry. Our forces have taken it with terrible loss on both sides. The conscript bill has passed one house of congress. If it should pass both houses it will nearly ruin this country as there are so many poor men with large families of that age.

*(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

Was sick all last night and could eat no breakfast this morning.  We got under way at 7 o’clock and reached Benzonia at 11 feeling pretty well chilled.  I have done nothing today.  Found Kate and baby about as usual.  I can’t say this trip has been very profitable in all ways but the experience may be worth a good deal.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Tried 2 talk 2 Chris after 3rd, but Corin walked by when I was talking and he just walked away with her. I’m tired of writing about him and his B.S. Sandra picked me up and I worked with Mark and Bryan until 5:30. Came home and did homework and story. Ate and watched “Mad About you” with homework. Talked 2 Ashley about the pain Chris is bringing me and not just the anger.