Saturday 9th April 1864
I have suffered a great deal with my head in the past four days. I was in bed nearly all day Wednesday. Thursday it was a little better. I eat some dinner & I suffered a great deal that night. It was near 12 o’clock before I got to sleep. It really seemed my head would burst. Mrs. Snelson & husband spent the day here. Friday I was in bed nearly all day. Mr. Henry staid with me all day. He had a leather bottom put in the rocking chair yesterday for my comfort. He is the best husband in the world, so kind to me & my dear children. I hope I may life to raise them but I fear unless my health improves, I will have to leave them for some one else to raise. ‘Tis a sad thought to me. I feel much better today. Sat up all day & knit some & finished my gown I began last Tuesday. Mr. Henry went to Asheville today & all his detail. They go to Marshall on Monday. I hope Mr. Henry will not have to go. The tories have been robbing some down there again. The men lay around Allen’s house till Friday evening. Mr. Henry came home Wednesday when he heard I was sick. Rained all day yesterday. It seems we will not get much work done on the farm as ‘tis too wet to plough. They are still sowing oats. We have had a great deal of rain in the last two weeks.
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).