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Monday 7th October 1864

Cloudy & gloomy this morning, it well accords with my unhappy temper.  I must write several letter today. Mr. Henry has gone to town this day. ‘Tis reported there was a fight a Spring Creek yesterday. I can’t believe it. No news in town.

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).

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Tuesday 18th [October 1864]

I have knit and read today. Reading “The Deserted Wife,” ‘tis very interesting. I thought of going to see Belle today but Mr. Henry’s teeth pain him so at night I will not go till they get better.  He is so kind to stay with me when I am unwell. I will wait on him & try to get him well.

 

Saturday 22nd [October 1864]

I went to town on Wednesday & came back Thursday evening. Mr. Henry took Willie, Gus & I. Rose walked to the bridge. We worked the Neilson horse to the buggy for the first time, he seems to be gentle. Hanes came after me, brought Zona so we had a buggy full of children. Rose rode behind, I sit up till two o’clock at Mollie’s Wednesday night. Bell is getting better. Eliza & I went up after supper. Willie & Gus were both asleep. Rose carried Gus & Bill Willie. I had the headache all day Thursday, took a long nap at Sister Jane’s. Mr. Neilson came home Wednesday night. I had headache all day Friday but did not go to bed for it. I knit and finished reading “The Desert Wife.” Matt is weaving. I have been doing odds & ends today and nothing generally. Mr. Henry brought Starnes lien last Thursday, he came this morning. Gave 3000$ in Confederate money.

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).

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Monday 17th [October 1864]

 

I made Willie a pair pants & Gus an apron today. Mr. Henry in town nearly all day, he says Bell is no better. Mr. Henry suffers a good deal every night with neuraligia in his face. I can sympathize with him as I have had it once very badly.

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).

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Sunday 25th [September 1864]

Clear & cool this morning. Matt & I & Zona & Willie went to get some chinkapins, did not get many. Mr. Moffet, one of the cattle guard, left Friday night on big furlough. Two other militia came this evening to tend the cattle. Mr. Henry has gone to see Marsh Williams this morning. The children are at play. Willie out here in the back piazza playing. I am writing in back piazza as the sun is warm & pleasant. I am very tired of having soldiers here. They are a great annoyance to me but what can’t be cured must be endured. Such is life & a rugged one it is to some of us.

 

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).

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Saturday 24th [September 1864]

Tena put the starch to sun today. We had one little shower & then fair. Mrs. Emaline Luther spent the day here. She came to see Mr. Henry. He was gone to town. She waited till he came home. He got back about three o’clock. I have knit all day. Elsie weaving today. Aunt Tena wove yesterday. Tis said that Gen. Early met with a defeat near Winchester the other day. I am sorry if it ‘tis so. Mr. Henry brought the mail today. I received a letter from Ell & they were all well. Dora had gone to see Powell’s relations. Fowler was home on furlough.

 

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).

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Tuesday 23nd [September 1864]

Very little news this morning. Till Morris was here a short time this morning. Rained nearly all day. Mr. Henry in the house all the morning & at the mill in the evening. Matt & I made a shirt for Mr. Ball today. He stays here today waiting for his boots. He lets Mr. Henry have a pistol for the boots. He is a nice little soldier. Tena has been making some starch this week. She has not put it to sun yet as it has rained so much.

 

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).

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Friday 9th [September 1864]

Mr. Vic brought the wrong mail his morning & took it back so we got now news. I finished Jinnie’s dresses & began Fannie’s. Jim’s baby died today about 12 o’clock. It has been sick for three weeks. It was very poor. I crocheted a little sheet & made a pillow for it. This has been a beautiful day, the first bright day we have had in several.

 

Saturday 10th [September 1864]

They buried the baby at the middle of the day. I finished Fannie’s dress today and began Mr. Henry a pair socks. Matt is going to knit one. This day six years ago, my dear little Cora died. I know it was best that she died but ‘tis hard to think so even now. I often think of her and almost wish her back again to this troublesome world but I can go to her but she can never come to me. May I be ready & willing to go & be with my friends that have gone before.

 

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).

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