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Sunday 14th [August 1864]

I spent the evening in reading “Zaider,” a very interesting story. Sister Jane loaned me the papers. This has been a very warm day. Mr. Henry & Tom gone to Ruff Miller’s (he lives at Tom Jones’ old palce) to buy a cow. Aunt Tena went to Asheville yesterday evening. Pinck & the little negroes have gone to take the goats to the Murray place. They got out and came down here. They go nearly any where they want to. Gus is asleep out here on the piazza & Zona & Willie are playing out here also. Sunday is a long day to me. This has been a very warm day. Mary has got well. I want to read some in my bible so I must stop for the day.

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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Saturday 4th June 1864

Rained nearly all day. Mr. Henry at the mill nearly all day. He is going to start the bucket machine again. I hope it may do good service this time. I picked some wool this morning & knit some. Tena went to see her daughters, Betsey & Leizana this morning as they are both very sick. Mr. Henry brought me a nice paper of strawberries. I gave the children some. They are ripening very fast now. I got Zona’s stocking in the heel this evening. I took off a hen with fourteen chickens this evening & one turkey. We only have 10 young turkeys & about 100 chickens. The chickens have died up with the gapes. I put three hens under pots this evening keep them, from going with one chicken each. I first tied two of them but they soon got loose. Mr. Henry sent Charlie up to Mr. Stepp (where the cattle are) last Wednesday. They are about the Black Mountain. One of the oxen have died since they were taken there. Mr. Henry will sell his beef to the government at one dollar a lb. & he gets hide & tallow. Troops are gathering in Asheville. ‘Tis thought they intend going to Tennessee. I hope they will not find the way here for some soldiers are very troublesome. Jinnie made some sweet cakes for the children this morning of molasses.

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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Wednesday 30th [December 1863]

I cut out a good deal of work today but did but little sewing. Mr. Henry at home all day. I enjoyed the day finely for I would be so glad if could stay at home all the time. They, Mr. Henry & the others, had a little brush with the bushwhackers on Cosby Creek in Ten. last week. None of our men were lost. I am glad they were so fortunate & particularly so as Mr. Henry was one among the number. I am very thankful.

Thursday 31st [December 1863]

I have done nothing of importance today. Sewed a little on Lonzo’s pants. Sam & others killed two beeves today. Cloudy & warm. Mr. Henry at home all day.

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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Tuesday December 1, 1863

I finished my dress today. It fits very neatly. No news today from Mr. Henry. Pinck will wait till Harrie goes down to Columbia & then go in the wagon with Mr. Hanes. I shall miss my little boy sadly I know but ‘tis for his good I send him. Zona knows all the alphabet. She wants to learn. Willie is growing finely. Gus is trying to pull up by a chair. I think he will walk when he is a year old. This has been a very cold day but not so unpleasant as yesterday. Sam & Charly killed two beefes today. They are very nice fat oxen. Jim is helping gather the Johnston cane. Some rogue stole two of the fattening hogs last night. I think it was George & Steven’s Boston. Harrie wrote Stevens a note this evening concerning it. He will be over in the morning. May kind Heaven protect my household from harm & Oh! God of love & mercy, preserve my dear husband. May he not fall into the hands of our enemies. Grant us a speedy peace & one that seemeth good in Thy sight is my daily prayer. Amen

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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Friday 21st [August 1863]

I was sadly disappointed this morning in not getting a letter. I thought certainly I would get one from Dora & Matt but no letter for me. We got but few letters for any one. I began a shirt for Pinck, did but little at it. Mr. George Peake came here today about 11 o’clock. He is looking badly. He tells me his brother Glenn is going to marry Narcissa Beaty. I would not have thought it. People have strange taste when a heap of property is at stake. Very warm today. Betsey began the dresses this morning. They look very well.

Saturday 22nd [August 1863]

I finished Pinck’s shirt after dinner & helped Harrie make cider. He got the press up & it done finely. We made a fine chance. Mr. Peake left this morning for Greenville, Tenn. He is going to buy salt. He will be back in a week or so. I have heard nothing of Mr. Henry since he left. Wish I could hear something of him. Uncle Sam & others killed a beef this evening. A very nice young beef. We have had some watermellons this week. They were not very good.

Sunday 23rd [August 1863]

Warm this morning & clear & still. This will be another long day as Sunday generally is. I wish Mr. Henry was at home. My little ones are all well. We have a corn pie for dinner. I am afraid I shall hurt myself eating the pie & beef. I have some letters to write today. One to Eugenia & one to Sister Frank & one to Sister Lena so I will stop. Wrote two letters, one to Sister Celena & one to Eugenia.

Monday24th [August 1863]

Harrie fixed the mail. I received a letter from Sister Elmira saying one of her twins died. She was uneasy about it when she wrote. I feel sorry for her. Mr. Fowler is in the army & I know she feels sad and lonely. Nothing new going on. Cloudy today but no rain.

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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Friday 28th [February 1862]

Mail came. I got a letter from Mr. Henry which should have come two weeks ago. Nothing new. The little ones very well. Rather cold. I finished my sleeves but have to take up the waist a little. Atheline cleaning the yards. Willie fell out the back door twice this evening, bruised his head a little on both sides. Uncle Sam hanging up the beef.

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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Wednesday 12th [February 1862]

Nothing of interest going on. Uncle Sam & Peter Guy finished slaughtering the beefs. I still mending. Warm & Pleasant.

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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