Saturday 5th [March 1864]
I have done some mending today. Mr. Henry went to Asheville & Cousin William. An old friend of Mr. Henry’s called here today for dinner & two other men. They are refugees from Ten. McBee was his name. He is badly crippled from fever falling in his leg when he was young. I sewed my papers together this evening. No news from Longstreet’s army. Gus some better. Mr. Henry got some leather today at Rankin’s tan yard, some nice goat skins. He got dinner at Sister Jane’s today. They are all well. Mr. Neilson is at home. Cool and windy today. Betsey Jamison was here today, says her mother is very low, taken worse last Thursday. I am afraid she will never be well again. She has been very kind to me. I am sorry she is sick. Matt & Atheline made some molasses bread this evening & boiled a ham for Mt. Henry as he expects to start tomorrow but he says he will not go soon. He received other orders today from Hd. Qts.
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).