Saturday 14th [May 1864]
I have done some mending today & after dinner put up some of the winter clothes & got out some summer ones. Mr. Henry has laid aside his flannel & coloured shirts & is wearing white ones again. He looks like his self again. I have not take off homespun yet but have left off my flannel & yarn stockings. The children have been barefooted for nearly three weeks. Gus was not at all well last night. I slept but little. His bowels were loose & he is taking a cold & I think cutting some teeth. Mr. Henry went to Asheville today & got the coffee Harrie bought in Columbia. He sent it up by old Mr. Linsey. I had a letter from Harrie yesterday saying he was not better. I fear he never will be again. There is 11 lbs. of coffee for $100, $9 per lb. Some one stole some of Mr. Andy Jones’ wool last night. I expect it was Pinck Allen. He is a terrible rogue. A bright day. Fannie cooked today & baked some molasses bread this evening.
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).