Sunday 6th [July 1862]
I had headache all night. Breakfast late this morning. Mrs. Common & her son Jimmie came yesterday evening, just as I was starting. We took Pinck & Zona to the burying. There is preaching at the Academy today. Mr. Herny & Zona have gone, also Willie. Mrs. Common & I are here. I am writing in the front piazza on the round table. We are going to have beans & irish potatoes for dinner & chicken. Cherries are good, ripe now. They will soon return from church & I have nothing more to write. Willie’s bowels are loose & he is very cross. The others are well. Ham & Mary Rollins came home with Mr. Henry for dinner. They staid till late in the evening.
Monday 7th [July 1862]
I cut out some of the negroes’ pants today & finished Uncle Sam one pair. Very warm today. Mr. Henry went toAshevillethis morning, took Pinck & Jimmie Common. He got two bunches of thread No. 12. Gave $3.00 a bunch. No news from Richmond. They had a terrible battle last Tuesday.
Tuesday 8th [July 1862]
Mrs. George Jones spent the day here, also Mrs. Tom Cook. I made George’s pants & sewed some on Charlie’s Very warm today. We heard today that David Moon was killed in a later engagement. Jim Welch passed through Asheville last night. He has a finger shot off.
Wednesday 9th [July 1862]
Mrs. Cook & tom Cook staid all night & till 11 o’clock. The bees swarmed today, a large swarm. Mr. Cook hived them. Mrs. Cook helped me sew some. I finished Charlie’s. Made Hanes’ & Pea’s. Atheline helped some after dinner. I finished Lonzo’s after supper as Harrie Deaver came late in the evening. Mr. Henry went to Asheville this evening, will wait for the mail. He will be late getting back.
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).