Sunday 13th [March 1864]
High winds today. Atheline doing finely. Gus can take a few steps alone. He is a dear sweet child. He is out somewhere with Rose. Mr. Henry is sitting reading the news to Branton. He has Willie in his lap asleep. Zona is out at play. I paid Sam nearly all for his chickens tonight. I got 31 of them. Poor Betsey. I sympathise with her. She has lost her best friend. She takes it very hard. May God temper the wind to the shorn lamb. I staid in the house all day. Mr. Henry took a long nap after dinner. Aunt Tena’s Elvira came to see her yesterday evening. She is a good negro. I wish she was mine.
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).