Thursday 14th [July 1864]
I finished Pinck’s pants & began his coat. Mr. Henry & Pinck went down on the creek yesterday evening & gathered a pan full of nice raspberries. We had two pies for dinner & will have enough for two tomorrow. Jinnie baked them this evening & some molasses bread. I sent Lonzo to town this evening after the sley. Mrs. Fanning warped the thread Tuesday. Tena spooled it Tuesday & cleaned the flax. ‘Tis only ten yds. to be filled with flax & five tow for Mr. Henry’s pants & coat. Atheline seems to be sinking very fast. She is very feeble, can’t sit up any at all. She seems perfectly resigned to die. Jim Henry, Joe Russell & jims orderly staid here tonight. A very hard rain this evening & ‘tis reported that Gen. Early has burned Washington City & had captured Harpers Ferry. I hope ‘tis so.
Friday 15th [July 1864]
I sewed some on Pinck’s coat today, would have finished it but went up to sit with Atheline a while. She is still in her right mind. She told me this evening she was going to di. I hate to think she will soon be gone but ‘tis best. He doeth all things well. Mrs. Fanning got the cloth tied in this evening. Sister Jane sent a seven hundred sley instead of a six after she had put it in she had to take it out. I borrowed a seven of Mrs. A.B. Jones. No further news of the burning of Washington City. There is a great deal of sickness in the country & town too. Typhoid fever. Edom Cole & four of his children have died in a month. Lord bless us with health & guard us from our enemies. May we not fall in their hands I pray.
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).