Friday August 1st
I got a letter last Thursday from Dora. There were all well at Mr. Neilson’s. They will be over some time this month on their way home. I would like to go with them if I can conveniently. I see nothing new in the papers. I sewed some on Jennie’s dress. Mr. Henry & I went to Till Morris’ this evening. T. Morris got home last night. He says Tom Night is dead. Old. W. Night got a letter today confirming it. Poor fellow. There was some other men went along with us. J. Tinsley & another man from Transylvania came to buy wheat. Jim cut his foot right badly last Wednesday. Stepped back on the scythe blade.
Saturday 2nd [August 1862]
My teeth & jaw pained me very badly all night. I slept but little from 1 o’clock. They ached on till after dinner & got easy before night. Louise McKinnish stays here tonight. Her mother is not at home. I finished Jinnie’s dress before dinner & took a nap before dinner. Willie’s bowels very loose today. Mr. Henry cut his gum of eye tooth Thursday.
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).