Tuesday 9th [August 1864]
I washed all the children & myself this morning & greased ourselves with sulphur & lard to cure the itch for we all have it some. I have sewed some on Pinck’s other shirt today. I am now sitting on the hill, back of the house, under the big locust, writing. The children are playing near me. Rose has Gus in the house. Very pleasant this evening. Tom got back about three o’clock this evening. Mr. Henry in the farm somewhere. ‘Tis time for the children’s lessons so I must stop. I received a long letter from Sister Frank today. They are all well. Mary wrote some in the letter. She writes very well.
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).