Wednesday 10th Feby 1864
I cut Gus two aprons. One a calico apron, the first I ever made of calico for one of my children. The other a blue checked one, Yankee checks. Made the calico one & nearly finished the other one. Sam & Hanes hanging the meat. Nothing new going on, all are well.
Thursday, 11th [February 1864]
Mr. Henry came home last night. We were very glad to see him. He got here about 7 o’clock. Zona & I were sitting here by the fire. Matt in the hall room as usual. She does not stay with me where there is a fire any where else. She is a strange creature. I finished Gus’ apron today, mended the fingers of Mr. Henry’s gloves. Had his clothes washed. I don’t know when he has to leave. He & I went to see Mrs. Jamison this evening. She is getting better. We rode very fast going there. I rode Paddy & he the Well’s horse. A soldier stays here tonight. Some three or four are camped near Mrs. Cook’s on the road. I am so glad to have my dear husband at home again. I do hope he may get the gun stock contract & then he will leave the army. They put the water in the dam today to try it. It leaks some.
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).