Thursday 20th June 1864
Mr. Henry started this morning. I shall miss him so much. He will be gone ten days or longer if he goes to Columbia. Harris is to come up this summer & board at Dr. Hilliard’s. Lt. Gen. Polk is killed. I am truly sorry of it. He was a good man & a first rate general. He was killed near Marietta Ga. I sympathise with his bereaved family. They reside just in the suburbs of Asheville in the Foster house. I finished Hanes’ shirt before diner & after dinner cut Gus some skirts of one of my flannels. I was softer for summer than home made flannel & I did not need it as I have two homespun linsey ones. I began to work one with blue silk, some of the fringe of Lou Deaver’s blue mareno shawl. She gave me the shawl a long time ago & I made Pinck a cloak of it & Zona (she was a baby) a little talma & saque. The skirt looks very neat. Matt made the other two this evening, all but putting on the waists. She will make & set them on tomorrow. ‘Tis reported that the tories made a raid into Camp Vance (at the head of the road two miles from Morganton) & took all the conscripts that were there. They were boys, about 150 I think. They surprised them.
Friday July 1st 
I finished Gus’ skirt this evening & mended some. Till Morris & her little sister Sallie spent the day here & stay tonight also. Till, Matt, Sallie & Zona went to the Murray place this evening & got some cherries. They are ripe up there but not here. I have a headache this evening. I gave my head a good washing last Tuesday, also Zona’s & Willie’s head. A good deal of mail this morning but little news.
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).