Monday 23rd [May 1864]
I cut eight pairs pants today & nearly made George’s. ‘Tis very sorrow cloth but tolerable thick. Matt spinning for her dresses. I have had the wool commenced on today. Fannie & Tena washing it. The other hands planting potatoes in the meadow. Billie Ledford is at work here. Bently still working at flax. Mr. Henry thinks he will not raise any more as it costs too much. Not much news tonight. The fight still goes on at Richmond in our favor.
Tuesday 24th [May 1864]
I finished George’s pants, made Lonzo a pair & began Sam’s today. I wrote a long letter to Pinck, Dora & Matt yesterday evening & sent him some raisings & candy in the letter. He will be delighted & know he is a good boy, affectionate. I think Willie will be a good deal like him. Zona is very affectionate too. Gus is a lovely baby, tries to talk. Atheline is not improving much. She sews a little every day on a quilt of mine. Her babe does not nurse her at all, only the bottle. It is growing some. I fear she will never be well again. I fear she has consumption. She has been a faithful nurse to my children.
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).