Thursday & Friday 2 & 3 [August 1863]
Had headache all day yesterday. I felt it a little Wednesday. Mr. Henry & I did not go to sleep last night till 12 o’clock. We have so much to talk about when he gets home. We talk nearly half the first night he gets home. He bought a beautiful silver cup with glass bottom. I tell him I must claim it. He says ‘tis for little Hooker as he calls the baby. He is so kind & good to me & the children. He stopped at Rach Miller’s, they are all well. He saw Mollie Henry at his Aunt Miller’s. She is spending some time there. I gathered some beans today for dinner & strung them. My head got well Thursday evening after I eat some cherries. They certainly helped it as my stomach needed an acid. We had beets (our first) for dinner & apple dumplings today. I did but little work. The baby fretful with his neck. We began to cut wheat last Wednesday. It is only ripe in spots, not generally. Wheat is very good, also oats. The sheep Night brought home are doing well. I began Harrie’s other sock this evening. They will be very nice when done. I have one done. It is fine yarn & tedious to knit. No news this morning. My bowels have been running off this evening, paining me a good deal. A swarm of bees went off yesterday after they settled.
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).