Tuesday 10th [May 1864]
I began my calico dress today, did but little to it. The sleeves are made after a pattern I got from Till yesterday. I will frill the cap & around the waist. It is gathered on top. Mr. Henry got the dress last Spring in Columbia, gave $3.50 a yd. I thought that high, but now calico is selling at ten dollars a yard. Mr. Henry received his resignation accepted. I am so very glad, now he will stay at home. He did not go to Asheville today as he is relieved from the court marshal. An old man stayed here last night, night that Capt. Parker robbed in Cherokee. Mr. Henry knew him, named Draper. He will stay here till Thursday & then he has to go to Asheville again.
Wednesday 11th [May 1864]
I sewed on my dress today, finished the sleeves. They look very nice. Rained nearly all day today. Several men here tonight. Edwards will finish the sheep tomorrow. Old Bently has been here this week breaking flax, still at it. The fight began at Richmond the 6th. We are victors so far. I hope we may be able to whip them good there & that peace may soon dawn on our bleeding country. Oh Lord help us in this our great conflict. Give our men courage & our Generals wisdom. May we come out conquerors & Oh Lord I pray Thee grant us a speedy peace.
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).