Monday 18th [July 1864]
Mr. Hopson brought Harrie Deaver’s body here yesterday evening late. He died last Thursday 14th in the morning at a quarter past one. He was confined to bed about three weeks, suffered a great deal. He was willing to die. He left all his stuff to Eugenia. He thought a heap of her. She was so patient waiting on him. Mr. Hopson left soon after breakfast this morning. We all went up to see Harrie buried, a good many there. It was one o’clock I suppose before they were done. Till Morris came here this morning & went with us. Anon Jones staid here last night. He went with Matt. Very warm today. Harrie’s box smelled some, he was in a coffin & then in a box with charcoal. Poor Harrie hated to leave this bright beautiful world, I know.
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).