Wednesday 17th [February 1864]
I fixed the band of Zona’s chemise today & sleeves. Sewed the frill in & began Mr. Henry a pair gloves in the evening. Matt will make Zona’s chemise. Very cold today. I could not keep warm by the fire & we have very good fires. Fannie psinning. Atheline knitting, heeling the children some stockings. Nothing new going on in the country. Negro Jim Common set into work this morning at the same wages he did last year.
Thursday 18th Feby 1864
I finished on of Mr. Henry’s gloves today & began the other. I finished “Morgan’s Raids & Romances” this evening. I have read it & knit. ‘Tis very interesting. I don’t like to knit at day but if I have anything to read I don’t mind it. My little ones are doing very well. Gus will soon be walking. Willie is a very stout healthy child. He can talk nearly plain. Zona can begin to read a little in the first lessons in her primer.
** Raids and Romance of Morgan and his Men by Sally Rochester Ford (New York: Charles B. Richardson, 1864) Read the digital copy here
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).