Friday 12th [February 1864]
Mail brought no news of importance. Mr. Henry at home till after dinner then went to G.W. Owensby’s to get seed oats, is to send tomorrow after them. Quite pleasant today. Mrs. Fanning getting on very well with the jeans. Gus stood alone today for the first time, did not try to step. Willie can wash his face & hands very well. He will be three years old the 11th March. Gun one, the 8th Zona five the 21st March. I have been mending socks for Mr. Henry today, marked his blanket in two places & made some soft ginger cake this evening. It is not nice at all. Two soldiers stay here tonight from camp by Mrs. Cooks.
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).