Friday 15th [January 1864]
I received two letters from Dora & one from Harrie. I was very glad to hear from my dear little child. They were all well. Harrie took Pinck to Columbia with him. Eugenia put some little trinkets in Pinck’s shoe. I thank her very much for remembering my little boy’s shoes as Mother was not there to do it for him. They got to Columbia the 24th & went up to Pa’s the 28th on Monday Dec. 1863. They gladly welcomed my little child. My Field & Fireside came today. I hope it may come on regular as it has been stopped since Sept. on account of paper. Some soldiers stay here tonight. They say our men that went into Tenn. were taken prisoners. I am afraid it is true. If so, it will be a long time before Mr. Henry gets home. I hope ‘tis not so yet fear the worst. Atheline & I fixed the rooms upstairs this morning. I then finished Zona’s cap & began one for myself, working it with turkey red. It looks very nice. No news in the papers today.
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).