Thursday 26th [May 1864]
I made Sam’s other pants today & sewed some on Hanes.’ Mr. Henry went to Asheville today. Charley took the wagon & some flax seed. Sam & George went. George is implicated with trading with one of Hugh Johnston’s negroes, something about stolen corn. They gave George about 50 licks. I hope it will do him good. Johnston said it was Sam & Charley first but the negro said George. Johnston has a spite at Sam & wanted to get him into trouble. I am glad he is clear. It wounded his feelings a good deal to think was accused of stealing.
Saturday May 18th 1864
Betsey McKinnish picked wool here yesterday & today. It is not quite dry as it has rained nearly every day since it was put out. Yesterday was bright, rather cool mornings & Evenings. I had the toothache last night, neuralgia I think. I have had it several nights this week.
I finished Jim’s pants & washed the children & cleaned them. Matt & Mary Tutt went to Mrs. Joe Green’s this morning, a long walk I think. Blair was to sell Mr. Henry’s flour at auction but Pat Thrash pressed it for the government. I think he acted badly. Mr. Henry’s fine horse Clarion is improving some. He thinks he has been foundered a little. We took in all the wool this evening as it rained. Jennie hoed out the flowers in the front yard, cleaned the candlesticks & baked some molasses bread for the children. George seems very much chagrinned at his strapping. He has not been to his meals since.
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).