Sunday 5th June 1864
Cloudy this morning but little rain. Matt & Zona to church to the Academy. Mr. Reynolds preached. They have just got back. Mr. Henry & I & the children, Zona & Willie, will go to the Murray place this evening. I attended to Gus this morning & Rose went to Church. He is very little trouble but a great deal of pleasure to attend my children. I am weaning him. He sucked Thursday morning & then not till Saturday morning. I don’t think I will let him suck any more. I do feel so sorry for him when he begs to suck. I hate to turn away & try to amuse him as he soon forgets it & goes to play. He is no trouble at night as he has not sucked any at night for a month. This has been a very wet Spring. Farmers are all behind with their work. I hear the clover & grass seed sown this Spring are doing very well and the clover in the Hotel garden is very nice and is the only feed for our work stock as all the grain is given to the needy for bread. The need of grain is very great and it will be very hard for all to get bread this season. We went to the Murray place, had a pleasant walk. It was rather warm going. We came back & got some strawberries this side of the spring. Nearly sundown when we got back. Two men stay here tonight. Old Draper is one. He is the same man that was here about a month ago. Capt. Parker robbed him & the man that is with him. Rained some 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).