Saturday 12th [July 1862]
Sewed some on John’s pants, did not finish them as I had headache & toothache both after dinner. I took a nap in the evening. It has been very pleasant today. McDowell’s Battalion is ordered to march next Thursday. Harrie belongs in that, also Jim Parker & a great many of the neighbors. Poor things. I pitty their families.
Sunday 13th [July 1862]
I feel very unwell today. My head aches & I feel badly every way. My head ached all night. Willie is not at all well. There has been several here this morning for news but we have nothing new. It is reported that there was another engagement last Wednesday. I can’t say how true it is. We have turkey for dinner. We had our fist cucumbers last Thursday & have a few since. I lay out in the front piazza nearly all the afternoon. Harrie was sitting out there reading. Mr. Henry took a nap. Willie sucked this evening. He has not nursed in several days. I am weaning him.
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).