Sunday May 1st 1864
I lay down yesterday evening & did not get up again as I had a severe headache & all night & till after dinner today. Mr. Stepp of Mr. Henry’s Co. was here this morning. Mr. Henry sent me two nice fish by him. Stepp left him yesterday evening. He was quite well & will be at home on the 5th as he is on a Court martial to convene that day. I will be so glad of it. I do hope his resignation may be accepted & then he can stay at home. Stepp took off the Stallion. Mrs. Corn got her filly last Monday that was here. Mrs. Fanning & I & the children went to old Betsey’s this evening to see the cloth. I think it will do in that sley. The children got some lilac flowers this evening. They are not full bloom yet. They got some cherry blooms too. The apples will be in full bloom in a day or two. I don’t think the apples are injured much yet but the peaches are nearly all killed I fear. Ruth Jones came home with Mat this evening. She stays here tongith. She is a very pleasant lady. Matt lost her keys today. She will go in the morning to hunt them.
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).