Wednesday 7th September 1864
I did not get the shirt done today as I washed the children this morning & after dinner fixed some thread to make up the negro’s dresses. Elsie cut out 26 ¾ yds yesterday. Sister Jane did not come today as it has been cloudy all day & some rain this evening. Bad time to save hay.
Thursday 8th [September 1864]
I finished the shirt this morning and cut Jinnie’s & Fannie’s dresses. Made the waist of Jinnie’s. Matt has some boils of her arms, very bad ones. I think ‘tis from the itch. She has been spinning some this week. Zona got through her primer today. She is very proud of it. Pinck is learning very fast. Mr. Henry promised Zona he would take her to Asheville & get her a new book. She is anxious to go. Willie & Gus amuse themselves at the swing under the cedar trees while I am hearing the other children.
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).