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Thursday 28th [July 1864]

I finished Mr. Henry’s pants & mended some this evening. My head aches a good deal this evening. I think ‘tis from eating black berry pie at dinner. Anon Jones here for dinner today. He has just left. We are having a very good shower for the corn but I fear it will injure the oats. Tena is spinning wool to make Eugenia’s flannel of the mareno wool. It is very fine & soft. Mr. Henry sent Pinck & Lonzo to town last Tuesday after a newspaper. They staid all day as Pinck loaned Mollie Henry John to come to the farm. They took Sister Jane some apples & brought back a white rabbit in the basket. William Tidwell sent it to Zona. It is a beautiful pet. It stays upstairs. I am going to have a cage made for it. The children are delighted with it.

 

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).

 

Wednesday 27th [July 1864]

I began Mr. Henry’s flax pants today. Anon Jones spent the day here. Mr. Henry in the oats all day. Cloudy today with a little rain this evening. Corn is needed rain a little now. The children are learning very fast. I teach them morning & evening. Zona can read in three letters & Pinck can read & spell very well.

 

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).

 

July 27, 1864

Our retiring troops have had an engagement with a body of Yankees sent after them at Snicker’s Gap in which the pursuers were repulsed with heavy slaughter & 300 men captured. The Yankee papers claim to have recaptured many of our waggons containing our Maryland spoils, but our people deny it.

Sue said today at breakfast that “old Lincoln had demoralized her sense of numbers; that he had so often called for 500,000 men that she had got to view it as a small affair, a mere drop in the bucket.” Just now he is clamouring for that number & likewise proclaiming a fast & threatening a draught in fifty days if the quota be not filled up by volunteering within that time. Posts have been opened in all of the Southern States in Yankee power for the recruiting of negroes in order to fill up the quota of the different northern States. State agents are sent out & the stolen negroes accredited to the state who steals them, by authority of the Yankee Sec of War. This is raising an army with a vengeance — poor Cuffee!

Source: Edmondston, Catherine Ann Devereux, 1823-1875, Journal of a Secesh Lady: The Diary of Catherine Ann Devereux Edmondston 1860-1866. Crabtree, Beth G and Patton, James W., (Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1979).http://nc-historical-publications.stores.yahoo.net/478.html

Tuesday 26th [July 1864]

I have been quite unwell all day, a dull headache. Mr. Henry went to town since dinner.l We had eat supper when he got home. He got a furlough for ten days. I am so sorry he has to go out again. I do hope no ill will befall him. I have done nothing but knit today. Matt finished a shirt for Sam today, began it yesterday.

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).

Monday 25th [July 1864]

I fixed my new muslin dress today. It was too long in front & fixed Jinnie’s old muslin. No news of importance tonight from the army. Some men robbed old Mr. Fulton about ten miles from here last week. I am afraid they will be here before long. The robbers were blacked. They took money & clothes of Fulton’s. Mr. Henry in the oats all day. They are very ripe, need cutting faster than we can possibly cut them. Some government wagons here today for oats.

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).

Negro Woman at auction

On Thursday next the 28th inst. will be sold at Auction, 1 Negro Woman 28 years of age, good cook, washer and ironer. At same time, will be sold 1 Rockaway, Tables, Chairs, Bedsteads, Side Board, Bureau, Crocks, Jars, &c.

John H. Cook, Auct’r

Source: Fayetteville Observer, July 25, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org

Sunday July 24th 1864

Very cool this morning. I had the pines taken out the fire places & fire this morning. Mr. Henry has gone to see Capt. Jones to try & stay at home to save his oats. Mary Tutt is here. Her & Matt go to church this evening at the Academy at 2 o’clock. Dr. Cummins preaches. Dinner will soon be in. We have our first cucumbers today. We have had apple dumplings several times. I sent Lonzo to Sister Jane’s yesterday with a basket of apples. They are getting ripe (the June apples). Mr. Henry did not get home till nearly sundown. He will go to town in a day or two to get his leave of absence. We did not go to walk this evening as Mr. Henry was tired.

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).

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