Tuesday 19th July 1864
I cut out my muslin dress today & sewed some on it. Matt has made the skirt today. I am going to make a garibaldi waist. Mrs. Fanning weaving. I have filled her quills today. I sent some ten coarse to Johnston’s to be mended this evening but did not get it done. I was amused at Willie. He had the coffee pot & Gus wanted it. I told Willie to give it to him. Willie said “Mother Gus might put he head in it.” He wanted an excuse to keep from giving it to him. That reminds me of Pinck when he was a little fellow. I was putting some cologne on him he said “sugar in it Mullie lasses in it.” I suppose he thought it had sugar and molasses in it to make it smell so sweet. I was much amused at the children & geese some four years ago. It was late in the evening & old Sam was trying to catch two little lambs he was raising by hand. (He put them in the chaff house every night). The lambs ran in among the geese (where they had stationed themselves for the night) & Sam after them. The geese flew in every direction. One came between the kitchen & the house. The children said the geese said one to another “Where am you” & another would say “git along, git along.” They had awful squawking saying something. I teach Pinck & Zona every day. They both learn very fast.
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).