Thursday 12th 1864 May
I made the waist of my dress today & sewed some on the skirt. ‘Tis very tough sewing, has so much starch in it. Mr. Henry at home in the farm all day. They will nearly finish planting this week. Things are growing very fast. The woods begin to look green. My children are all well. I am contented when they are all well & Mr. Henry at home. I would be so thankful if peace was made. Pinck will soon be at home. I want to see my child. He is a good boy & I hope may make an honorable man. Willie is a very affectionate child & so is Zona. They kept my spirits up all winter while Mr. Henry was gone. They are all dear good children. I hope I may live to raise them & their Papa, may long life be granted him I pray. May they grow up to useful members of society, honorable & virtuous in my humble prayer.
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).