Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th [March 1864]
I have a severe spell of headache Tuesday, in bed nearly all day & was no better Wednesday & not much better today till 10 o’clock. I suffered a great deal, nearly blistered my temples with mustard. Mr. Henry came home Tuesday evening. I was so glad to see him. He is so kind to me at all times & especially when I am sick. Sister Jane & Mr. Neilson were here a short time Tuesday evening. I scarcely know how Wednesday passed as I slept part of the day. Mr. Henry staid with me all day. Today I have felt a heap better since morning & this evening I am entirely free from headache but still feel weak. I have knit some today. I made up some flour dough for some of Mr. Henry’s Co. this evening. There will be some 5 or 6 here for supper. Matt baked it. Fannie helped to get supper.
About 9 o’clock Mr. Henry & the men started. They will be out all night hunting deserters. They go up Homeny Creek to as old Andey Bell marries tonight & the deserters are to give him a serenade. I hope they may all return safe.
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).