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October 24th 1864

This day twelve years ago my dear little Pherba died from the effects of a burn, she was burnt on Saturday, died Sunday night at 8 o’clock and Jesus took her to his bosom. I feel sad today, I do not feel well. I feel tired from a long walk I took yesterday to attend prayermeeting at Union, and was disappointed there was no meeting. I now consecrate myself to God, I beg him to direct me in all things. I look to him as my saviour who I know has been with me in every trial, and I believe he is my best friend who will never leave nor forsake us. All my trials are permitted to cut loose my affections from this world. I will thank God for them. I go to God as a weak and dependant child to it’s Father, he knows our wants, he is able and will help us at the right time. I long and pray to be filled with the Holy Ghost, I shall expect it, for I will fast and pray for it.

Source: Mary Jeffreys Bethell Diary, 1853-1873.  #1737-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/bethell/menu.html

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Saturday 27th [August 1864]
I have odds & ends as is my usual Saturday’s work. Charnes Scaife & a Henderson dined here today. I have not seen Charnes before in twelve or fourteen years. He resembles his father a great deal. Henderson is a stranger to me. Pinck slipped off to town with Lonzo this evening. He was very dirty. I did not know he was gone till he came back. Mr. Henry sent Lonzo after the mail.

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 20th August 1864

Matt & I cleaned upstairs today. We expected Sister Jane this evening. Mr. Henry went after her after dinner but Dora was sick & Mr. Nielson got home last night so her nor Eliza either came. It was dark when Mr. Henry & Pinck came. I have done several things today. I washed all the children & put on their clean clothes this evening. Gus is a little loose in his bowels.

 

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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August 20th [1864]

Since I last wrote, our dear Mary Eliza has again left for school. She is now at Hillsboro, under the care of the Misses Nash, Ladies of the highest character, both for accomplishments & piety. I trust the sojourn there of my darling child may be blessed to her best interests. Our boys have had a happy vacation and returned to Smithville to school. My dear friend Eliza Smith spent this week with me. It is still a good pleasure for us to meet. We have indeed “lived and loved together, through many a changing year!”

 

 

Source: Jane Evans Elliot Diaries #5343, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/e/Elliot,Jane_Evans.html

 

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PetersBurg Va July 5th 1864

Dear Wife and Children

I Seat  my Self this evning to Rit  you a few lines to let you now that I am well at this time hoping that these lines may Reach your kind hands and fine you enjoying the same blessing you Rote to that you would like to hear from me and now whether I was killed are not I can in form you that I am spared yet by the good will of god we have bin in the brest works about one Month we are in them yet and I dont now when we will git out soon are not tha are fighting every day we have lost killed and wounded in this Company 6 men 2 killed 4 wounded it Seems like god is on our Side the balls tha whistle by our eares you Rote that it Rained Somutch that you Could not git to work your corn it haint Rained to say Rain in 6 weeks hear & gardens is Runing hear it tis mighty hot hear if this fight Comes of Soon and this Company lives and dont git wounded nor killed tha are coming home you Rote to me to Come home and save the wheat I cant Come I would like to Come home and See you all once  more in this life and See my Sweete littel baby I do hope and pray to god to live to git home to See it it seemes like god has blessed every  thing that I have prayed  for and I do hope that he will bless me to live to git home to See that littel Babe when I think of hit it seems like it will kill me are brake my hart you Rote to me that you had a mess of potatoes the Sixteenth I want you to tell mother houdy for me and tell  her that I am well I have to Rite so fast that I dont  now whether you can Read  this litter are not I haint Slep one good night Sleepe  in two month I have to work  are Stand gard are picket every night I am very nigh broken down it Seems like god has bin with me are I could not Stoo up to hit I want you to pray for me and tell all of my friends to pray for me I pray for you and my littel Children to Spare your lives and Sustain you and thim in this life I want you to Rite as soon as this Comes to hand and Rite me all of the newse I have Seen Corn as high as I could Reach you Rote that your Corn looked very well and your sweete potatoes looked very well you dident Rite whether you had planted any tobaco are not fare well Dear wife

F.M. Poteet to his  loving Wife M.A.E. Poteet

god  bless you is my prayer

 

Source: Poteet-Dickson Letters, North Carolina State Archives and as found on www.ncecho.org

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Sunday 3rd July [1864]

Anon Jones staid here last night, left soon after breakfast. I & the children went to the Academy today to church. Rose carried Gus & Zona & Willie walked. Mr. Reynolds preached. I sit by the window near the door & my thoughts wandered back over the past. I thought how often I had been there & seen Atheline Come with Pinck (she always kept the children in church) & then in year or so she carried little Cora & then not long till she carried Zona & then Willie. But I think she has been to church her last time. I felt so sad to think of what she had been & what she is now but we must all die sooner or later. She has been good to me & I love her & pray she may be restored to health. Her baby grows slow. She stays up at Tena’s house now & Jim keeps the baby. She can’t walk alone, her feet and legs are swollen. She is nothing but skin and bones. I expect Mr. Henry is at my old home this evening. I wish I could be there a while too. I love my old home. Many tender recollections cling around it. I don’t know when I shall see it again, perhaps never. I will stop as I want to go up & sit awhile with Atheline.

We have had a big fight near Marietta Ga., have not heard the casualties yet. I hear Jim Nichols is wounded slightly. We had a very hard rain this evening indeed. It has rained since three o’clock.

 

 

 

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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June 28th

Since I last wrote we have had a death in our family. Mollie Weldon, my little grandaughter died on the 2nd of June, her bowels and lungs were diseased, she was about 9 months old, a bright and lovely babe, one of the sweetest buds of promise. We miss her, but we have another angel in Heaven to praise God, our blessed Saviour. May the Lord help us all to meet Mollie Weldon in Heaven.

 

Last Sunday was my birth day, I was 43 years old, and now as I enter my 44 year I will renew my covenant with God. I now consecrate myself and all that I have to his service. I am the Lord’s and he is my Saviour. I will love and serve him as long as I live, hope to praise him in Heaven.

 

Source: Mary Jeffreys Bethell Diary, 1853-1873.  #1737-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/bethell/menu.html

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