Tuesday 17th [May 1864]
I have done nothing but knit a little today. My head aches some this evening. Betsey left here this evening. There was a man found dead in the Starnes settlement this morning, said to be Pinck Allen. Mr. Henry went up this evening to see him. They have taken him to Mrs. Norman’s. He is shot through the body under the arms. His sisters & wife take it very hard. He has been lying on nearly a year & stealing generally. He will steal no more in the world. May God temper the wind to the shorn lamb. Help his wife bear her great trouble.
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).