Thursday 8th [May 1862]
I finished Zona’s dress just after dinner & cut out a pea green chambra* dress for her, one Sister Jane gave her when we were down there. Dr. Neilson was here this evening, think Atheline a good deal better. He staid some time. Mr. Henry went to Asheville this morning, came home to dinner, is at the dam this evening. Hanes out in the field. Lonzo attends to Willie today. Hanes stays till 9 o’clock or till after I get the house cleaned.
Friday 9th [May 1862]
Mail brought no news this morning & battle is expected at Corinth& another at Yorktown soon. I sewed on Zona’s dress. It is very tough sewing & dreadful rotten. Warm & pleasant. Our garden is getting on slowly. The fly or something has destroyed all our cabbage plants.
*Chambray Fabric: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambric
Source: Diary of Cornelia Henry in Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journal and Letters of the Henry Family. Clinard, Karen L. and Russell, Richard, eds. (Asheville,NC: Reminiscing Books, 2008).