Sunday 17th [January 1864]
My head is nearly well. Preaching at the Academy today but I will not go for fear my head will ache again. I sent Charlie to Asheville with a note to Mollie Henry to hear the news. I hear this morning that Jim Henry & nine others made their escape. I do wish Mr. Henry could have been one among the number but I fear ‘tis otherwise ordered. If he is a prisoner I hope he may be well treated, just as well as I wish & he will be well cared for certainly. Willie is about well. Gus is fretful, cutting teeth I think. This is a beautiful day. I want to be out walking as we have had some of the coldest weather this winter we have had in a long time, none since 1856-57. The ground has not been thawed well for three or four weeks. Charly got back about 3 o’clock. Mollie wrote that Jimmie’s command was not captured, only Gen. Vance & 150 of his men. They had taken a wagon train & the yanks recaptured the wagons & Vance & his men, so I think Mr. Henry is not a prisoner. Gen. Vance & a great many of his men made their escape. I hope ‘tis all true. Oh! That God would grant us a speedy peace & let no more hearts languish in pain. Stay the wrath of Thy hand upon us as a nation I beseech Thee & nation will praise Thee, yes, turn our hearts to praise if we have sinned in Thy sight. Lead us to see our errors & help us turn from them for unto Thee alone can we look & hope for help in this, our time of need. Into Thy kind protecting care do commit my husband. Watch over him & shield him from all harm. Keep us from all harm this coming week is my prayer.
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).