Thursday 4th [February 1864]
I finished Zona’s dress this evening. It fits neatly. Sam has got all the onions & buttons planted, about a bushel of buttons. He & Hanes are making krout today, will not finish before tomorrow. Mr. Branton, George, Fannie & Charlie at work at the dam, will have it done in a week or so. The milita is called out again as the tories & yanks have made a raid to Franklin in Macon Co. ‘Tis reported they are advancing on Asheville. I hope it is not so. I have not heard one word from Mr. Henry. I hope he is safe & well. I hear the Yankees captured a part of Thomas’ Legion & killed a good many of his Indians. I don’t give much credit to the report as we hear so many things. Mrs. Fanning warped the cloth today & beamed it. I received a letter from Matt & Pinck last Monday. I was glad to hear Pinck was well & satisfied. May kind Heaven watch over my child & protect him & may Heaven shield my dear husband & may he soon return to home in peace is my fervent pray Oh! Lord of love & mercy.
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).