Tuesday 26th [January 1864]
I have been riding nearly all day with Mr. Henry. We first went to Capt. Moore’s. Staid a short time and then to the Camp ground where the soldiers are. I suppose there was a hundred there. I did not get down. Mr. Henry staid but a short time. We then went to old Mr. Thrashes & got out dinner & then by Henry Hanes’ to get some cotton but he had sold out. We came on back by Russell L. Jones & then home about sunset. I enjoyed the day finely because I was with Mr. Henry. Very pleasant today. I forgot to say, we went to old Billy Penly to see about getting a wheel. Mr. Henry has the promise of a spooling wheel & reel.
Wednesday 27th [January 1864]
Mr. Henry at home all day. Charlies hauling manure in the garden. We had a nice turkey for dinner. Fayette Jones, F.M. Corn took dinner here. I can’t bear Corn for I believe he had a hand in the burning of the hotel. He is mean enough for anything I think. I took Zona & Willie a short walk this evening. Branton, George & Fannie working at Mill dam.
Thursday January 28th 1864
Mr. Henry went to the Camp ground today. They all leave there tomorrow. I am sorry of it. I finished a dress for Gus today that I began yesterday. Eliza Neilson & young Martin spent the day here. Pres Jones & Mag Morris were here a short time this evening. I had Mr. Henry’s & Tom Tidwell’s rations cooked this evening. I am so sorry to see my dear husband go. Oh! that this cruel war would cease 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).