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August 20th [1864]

Since I last wrote, our dear Mary Eliza has again left for school. She is now at Hillsboro, under the care of the Misses Nash, Ladies of the highest character, both for accomplishments & piety. I trust the sojourn there of my darling child may be blessed to her best interests. Our boys have had a happy vacation and returned to Smithville to school. My dear friend Eliza Smith spent this week with me. It is still a good pleasure for us to meet. We have indeed “lived and loved together, through many a changing year!”

 

 

Source: Jane Evans Elliot Diaries #5343, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/e/Elliot,Jane_Evans.html

 

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Wednesday 10th August 1864

Finished Pinck’s shirt today & cut Zona & Gus a bonnet. Matt helped me. We did not get them done. No news of importance. I hope Mr. Henry will not have to go out in the militia. I do wish this cruel war was over. The children learn very fast. Zona can read & spell in three letters. Gus & Willie go to play while the children are reciting.

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 9th [August 1864]

I washed all the children & myself this morning & greased ourselves with sulphur & lard to cure the itch for we all have it some. I have sewed some on Pinck’s other shirt today. I am now sitting on the hill, back of the house, under the big locust, writing. The children are playing near me. Rose has Gus in the house. Very pleasant this evening. Tom got back about three o’clock this evening. Mr. Henry in the farm somewhere. ‘Tis time for the children’s lessons so I must stop. I received a long letter from Sister Frank today. They are all well. Mary wrote some in the letter. She writes 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).

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August 10th [1864]

A day to be remembered for being the one our darling boy left his home, not again to enter it as a child. He started this afternoon for Chapel Hill.  How sad I feel and how I shall miss him. It is the first time that he has ever left me for any length of time, and then I know he goes into scenes of novelty, temptation and trial that he has never known before; that he is a Christian and knows where to look for strength to resist evil. Oh God, be thou near him when danger is nigh.

 

Source: Myrtle C. King, Anna Long Thomas Fuller’s Journal, 1856-1890: A Civil War Diary. (Alpharetta, Georgia: Priority Publishing, Inc., 1999)

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[Cornelia Henry to her son Pinck]

My Dear little Pinck,

The mail will soon be on but I will write a little as Papa left this for me. Papa has told you all about the big snow. Atheline’s baby is growing finely, about as big as a rabbit. She asks about you a heap of times. Let me tell you something. Gus can walk all over the house & not fall & when he does fall he can get up hisself. See I told you he would walk before you came home. He can say Papa right plain. He will run & meet you at the gate when you come & call you Pinck. Now see if he don’t. He has got to fighting of late. He pulls Rose’s wool good for her when she don’t please him.

Zona has grown a good deal since you left. She spells her lesson every day & Willie wants to spell too. They often speak of you & want to see Pinck come home. You must learn fast so you can read your paper when you come.

Tell Aunt Dora to send me the measure of your head. I want to have  you a straw hat made by the time you come & tell her to send the measure of your foot to have you some shoes made to travel home in. I am afraid Mother can’t come after you as Papa can’t stay at home & if we all leave the soldiers and deserters will steal all we got. We will send after next month I think. I would like to come so much but can’t this time. Be a good boy.

Mother has been sick for a month but I am a good deal better now. I have not weaned Gus yet. Papa wants me to wean him. I am so lean. Love Aunt Dora & Aunt Matt. They are your Mother’s sister just like Zona is your sister. Be kind to them. They will love you for you are a good boy. Mother & Papa love you dearly. Knit me something & send in a letter so I can show it to Zona & Willie. Good bye. God bless you my dear child.

Your fond Mother

Zona, Willie & Gus send kisses to Pinck, Aunt Dora & Matt. Dora give my love to Pa. It seems he cares nothing for me.

 

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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April 7 [1864]

Ellerbe Thursday night

This is my 44th birthday. How rapidly are “the days of the years of my pilgrimage” passing away! “So teach us to remember our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” I have had a good night kiss from all my children, except my Mary Eliza and I have thought of her. Jimmie & George came home this evening from their school at Smithville to spend a few days. I have just reviewed my diary & thought of all the ways the Lord had mercifully led me. Truly many a day “goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life!”

From my happy girl-hood, and through all the cares and trials of my advancing life have I been blessed and supported. “When worn with sickness, all hast Thou with health renewed my face and when infirm and sorrow sinks revived my soul with Grace!”

 

Source: Jane Evans Elliot Diaries #5343, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/e/Elliot,Jane_Evans.html

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Saturday April 2nd 1864

I have been in bed part of the day but am a good deal better this evening. I hope I may get well soon. I have done nothing today, only knit a little. All the soldiers are gone & I am glad of it for the house has not been clear of them for a week till tonight. They are all nice men, genteel in their deportment. I received a letter from Dora yesterday saying they were all well. Pinck has learned to knit & Dora is learning him to write. I would be so glad if he could write. I had a letter from Eugenia also. Harrie was not improving any. Jennie wants me to get her ten yds. of white flannel made. I fear it will be a bad time to get now as every one has made up their wool.

 

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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