Saturday 4th June 1864
Rained nearly all day. Mr. Henry at the mill nearly all day. He is going to start the bucket machine again. I hope it may do good service this time. I picked some wool this morning & knit some. Tena went to see her daughters, Betsey & Leizana this morning as they are both very sick. Mr. Henry brought me a nice paper of strawberries. I gave the children some. They are ripening very fast now. I got Zona’s stocking in the heel this evening. I took off a hen with fourteen chickens this evening & one turkey. We only have 10 young turkeys & about 100 chickens. The chickens have died up with the gapes. I put three hens under pots this evening keep them, from going with one chicken each. I first tied two of them but they soon got loose. Mr. Henry sent Charlie up to Mr. Stepp (where the cattle are) last Wednesday. They are about the Black Mountain. One of the oxen have died since they were taken there. Mr. Henry will sell his beef to the government at one dollar a lb. & he gets hide & tallow. Troops are gathering in Asheville. ‘Tis thought they intend going to Tennessee. I hope they will not find the way here for some soldiers are very troublesome. Jinnie made some sweet cakes for the children this morning of molasses.
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).