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Fort Holmes

August 9th 1864

Dear Wife

Having an opportunity to send a letter by Mr B F Havens to Washington, I avail myself of the chance of writing you a short letter to let you know that I am quite well.  I have not had a letter from you now in a fortnight, and am uneasy for fear you are sick which may the Lord protect you from. JW Clayton arrived back here yesterday and by him I learned that your family were quite sickly. I hope ere this they are getting better. I feel very uneasy when I hear that any of our loved ones are sick and much worse so when I hear you are sick yourself.  We have a good deal of sickness in garrison now and some of the cases are quite stubborn. Hardenbergh is verry unwell indeed and has been so now for 2 months or more. There is not much news stirring here now. We got the news of Genl Lees blowing up a parcel of Yankees in one of their mines before Petersburgh yesterday and also that the Yankees had blowed some of our men in the same way. There is nothing new from Georgia just now. One piece of good news I have to tell you of that took place here on Sunday night. One of the Yankee blockaders while running close to the inlet got aground and they worked all night nearly trying to get her off but finding that day would catch them right under our guns they set her on fire and left her . She burned to the waters edge and then we boarded her in boats and got a good deal of plunder. This morning we got off one of her guns a beautiful brass 12 pounder Dahlgreen gun and a parcel of shells also. There is still another 25 lb gun on board which we will try to get. She is about mille off right in front of Fort Holmes and on the outer reef. We will save a good many useful things off of her. She has a fine engine but I fear we cannot save it as it is so rough where she lays. Several blockade runners have come in with yellow fever on them but it has not been communicated to land as no one is allowed to go on board except the physician and no one is allowed to go on shore from there. I hope John Thomas carried your cotton to Washington with him. He said he would if it had come to with him and let you know about its being there so you can send for it. I hope one or the other of them will carry it down for you. Oh! How I wish I could be with you now if only for one hour just to see you and know for myself how you are, but love it cannot be so now but if we live until another year this time I hope and fully believe I shall be with you. Have all the cider made you can and have some of it made into brandy. Have some wine made too dear if nothing happens to the grapes. Put 1/5 brandy to the grape juice. I hard by John that your crop at South Creek is quite likely. Give my best respects to all the negroes and my love to Aunts Rose and Charity. Mars is very well indeed. Give my warmest paternal love to all our dear ones. Tell Josephus and Vene to write to me.

 

Source: William Henry Tripp and Araminta Guilford Tripp Papers, Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill. http://www2.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/t/Tripp,William_Henry_and_Araminta_Guilford.html#folder_7#2

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Monday 5th October 1863

I cut some shirts for the negroes, made one for Lonzo. The negro men work at the dam. The dirt work washed away last Friday. The creek was up a good deal. Uncle Sam & the women folks still working at the cane. Mr. Henry staid at the dam all day today. Mrs. Widow George Jones spent the day here. Jennie has been dying the warp of a piece of jeans today. Her & I made some cider today. Harrie went to see Lt. Col. Roy today. He has got back but did not see his friend. Mail brought no news.

Tuesday 6th [October 1863]

I made a shirt today. They killed a hog this morning, very nice. We were out of lard, why we killed it. Mr. Henry stays nearly all the time at the dam. They get on slowly. Nothing new going on. Corn is selling a seven dollars a bu. & wheat at ten dollars, sugar three.

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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Thursday October 1st [1863]

Rained all day, a sprinkling rain. Sam & Jennie made some cider for apple butter today. Mr. Henry staid at the furnace all day. He has a very bad cold. I don’t think his sitting out under that shelter will do him any good whatever. I got damp today attending ot the cider making. Mr. Henry made some apple butter today, it is very nice. He sent Tom to Asheville this evening to get some news. He got nothing new. I was up last night with my teeth. They did not ache long. I have done nothing towards sewing today. I attended to the cider making, emptying molasses &c.

Friday 2nd [October 1863]

Mr. Henry is down with his back. He went to Asheville today & came home for dinner. It rained very hard all night last night & the dirt work the other side of the dam gave way. The mill will not run any more for a week if not more. Mr. Henry & I went up to the hotel orchard this evening. I got some late peaches. They are very nice. I lost my net. He waited till I went back & found it. He is a dear good creature. His cold is some better but his back is not. The mail brought no news at all.

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 13th [September 1863]

Two men left this morning. The other three are still here. ‘Tis near dinner. I must go out & see about it a little. Mr. Henry is lying in here (the side room) asleep. The others are lounging about generally. Aunt Tena went up Homeny to preaching yesterday, will be back this evening. The Baptist has an association. A beautiful day. Mr. Henry caught a negro in the orchard yesterday evening. He gave him some impudence & Mr. Henry corrected him. He hurt his foot & one hand smartly. He can scarcely walk, his foot is swollen & hand too.

Monday 14th [September 1863]

I cut Fannie’s Jennie’s & Atheline’s dresses this morning & made the waist of Fannie’s . Mr. Henry went to Asheville this morning. Tom Cook came by him after were done dinner & said Mr. Henry & the other mounted militia had gone to take up some soldiers that are going through the country stealing horses & other things too numerous to mention. I am afraid they will get into trouble. I pray God to take care of them & may my dear husband return in safety to his family. The mail brought no news. They are massing the Confederate army near Chattanooga. ‘Tis reported that Gen. Ewell is in East Tenn. with a large force. Burnsides is at Knoxville, that is his headquarters. Things look gloomy indeed.

Tuesday 15th [September 1863]

No news from Mr. Henry today. I wish I knew where he was. I have had the headache all day. I took a nap in the front piazza on the lounge & it feels better now. I had some cider made this evening, ‘tis very nice. Betsey is weaving, gets on slowly as she has it all to scise back as she goes.

Wednesday 16th [September 1863]

No news from Mr. Henry today. They went out through Burnsville. I finished Fannie’s dress today. I did but little at it yesterday. Very dry & needing rain for turnips. They are very scattering. I hope we may yet have rain to make some. No news from Charleston. They still keep fighting.

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 5th [September 1863]

I finished the coat today. It fits beautifully. Mrs. Jamison spent the day here today. She is spinning some for us, black mixed jeans. I want to take it to Lena when I go, if I do & if not I will send it by someone. We made some more cider this evening.

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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Wednesday 2nd [September 1863]

I spent the day at Mr. A.B. Jones. Went to see Matilda Morris as she is sick, had a miscarriage last Wednesday. It was dead. She is doing finely. They had some fine watermellons. I enjoyed the day finely. I rode John & took Rose behind me to attend to Gus. He was no trouble. I think I shall go again soon to see Mrs. More and & Mrs. Alexander.

Thursday 3rd [September 1863]

I ripped Harrie’s old soldier coat apart today. I am going to make Pinck one of it. I sewed a little on it. We made some cider in the evening; Harrie, Mr. Henry, Matt & I. Mr. Henry has been to lay off Mrs. F.M Starnes’ dower today, he got back about 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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Tuesday 25th [August 1863]

I went down to the orchard this morning to see about the apples as Betsey Knight claimed one tree. I got very angry with her. She is a lazy woman. When I came back, Mr. Stevens & lady was here. They only staid a short time. We made some cider today. I fixed an old dress that was too long. No news from Mr.. Henry yet. I wish he was here.

Wednesday August 26th 1863

George Peake came here today just before dinner on his way back from Greenville. He was surprised to hear Mr. Henry had not got home. My baby is very unwell, had a hot fever last night & very fretful today. I have done nothing but attend to him. It is his teeth I think. Some men stay here tonight, soldiers I think.

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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