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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).

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Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th August [1864]

I went to town last Tuesday to see Dora. She is quite sick. I enjoyed the day finely. I went and came alone and as usual, came home with a severe headache. It was not entirely well this morning but now all well once again. I have knit some in the three past days, only a little of that. I am knitting Zona some stockings. Eliza Patton got the cloth started last Tuesday for the negro’s dresses. It looks very well. Mrs. Fanning got out the flannel Monday evening. Matt’s books came today. “Lady Audley’s Secret” & “Robert & Harrald.”  I have spent most of the day in reading “Rober &c.,”  ‘tis very interesting. A good deal of mail this morning but little news. “Tis reported that Wheeler is in Sherman’s hair. I hope ‘tis true.

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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Runaway on the 19th inst., my negro boy CALVIN. He is 30 years of age, he has a bad set of teeth, is 5 feet 9 or 10 inches high, weight 150 lbs. He took with him several suits of clothing – one brown jeans frock coat, &etc. Also, on the same night, Eli R. Wiley’s Stallion was stolen. I think my boy took him. I lost a bridle and saddle; it was a blind bridle, but the blinds were cut off; the saddle nearly worn out, without any pad. The horse was a bay, black mane and tail; both hind feet white; a white spot on his back; has gear marks on him; is 7 or 8 years old; hind legs rather crooked; he had no shoes on. I think the boy will try to pass for a free boy and get into the cavalry, the more easily to escape to the Yankees.

A liberal reward will be paid for the negro or horse. My post-office is Young Mills, Guilford County, NC

O.L. Boon

 

Source: Greensborough Patriot June 2, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org

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Thursday 26th [May 1864]

I made Sam’s other pants today & sewed some on Hanes.’ Mr. Henry went to Asheville today. Charley took the wagon & some flax seed. Sam & George went. George is implicated with trading with one of Hugh Johnston’s negroes, something about stolen corn. They gave George about 50 licks. I hope it will do him good. Johnston said it was Sam & Charley first but the negro said George. Johnston has a spite at Sam & wanted to get him into trouble. I am glad he is clear. It wounded his feelings a good deal to think was accused of stealing.

 

Saturday May 18th 1864

Betsey McKinnish picked wool here yesterday & today. It is not quite dry as it has rained nearly every day since it was put out. Yesterday was bright, rather cool mornings & Evenings. I had the toothache last night, neuralgia I think. I have had it several nights this week.

I finished Jim’s pants & washed the children & cleaned them. Matt & Mary Tutt went to Mrs. Joe Green’s this morning, a long walk I think. Blair was to sell Mr. Henry’s flour at auction but Pat Thrash pressed it for the government. I think he acted badly. Mr. Henry’s fine horse Clarion is improving some. He thinks he has been foundered a little. We took in all the wool this evening as it rained. Jennie hoed out the flowers in the front yard, cleaned the candlesticks & baked some molasses bread for the children. George seems very much chagrinned at his strapping. He has not been to his meals since.

 

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 13th [October 1863]

Mr. Henry started to the camp this morning. It was raining when he left. I begged him not to go but he said he felt it his duty. I made Gus a saque today of my old drab flannel one. It was worked very nicely with crimson cruel. I cut it so it is all worked around yet. Betsey weaving. Rose made some cider today.

Wednesday 14th October 1863

Atheline finished little Mary’s clothes yesterday. I cut her out a dress of the cloth Betsey wove last, some of the first. It was filled on with remnants. I also cut Tena & Atheline an apron of the remnants & cut Jane & Rose a chemise of the white. I have not heard from Mr. Henry since he left. I wishi I could hear. I do hope he is well & doing well. I ask the O! Lord to watch over my dear husband whist he is out in the service of his country. Keep & preserve him from harm & bless me & my little children with health is my nightly & daily prayer. Bless my husband I beseech Thee.

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 May 26th 1862

It was nearly 12 o’clock before I sit down to sew. I ironed & mended some of the children’s clothes, began a blouse coat for Pinck, did but little of it as my head ached badly after dinner from eating onions & lettuce for dinner. Mr. Henry & I wrote to Dora & Matt this evening. I done up the mail. He brought no news. The yanks have taken possession ofNew Orleans some time ago. Betsy McKinnish & Tena washed wool today Fannie helped after dinner, got nearly done. Tena will finish tomorrow. I had it all taken in the evening & put upstairs, it is not dry yet. My head got better before supper.

Tuesday 27th [May 1862]

I did not get ready for breakfast as Mr. Henry did not wake me. I have no done much today. Sewed some on Pinck’s coat, got it ready for the trimming (velvet when I get it). Took a nap after dinner & my head aches a little since. Zona & I went with Mr. Henry down to where he is making fence above. E.P. Night’s. He is fixing a pasture there for some sows. That was before dinner. He came back with us after he laid up a good many rails & dinner was nearly ready. I got some radishes & we eat some before dinner. They are very nice now. I feed my little chickens every day twice. We have some 60 to 70 & three little ducks & two others setting so perhaps we will have more soon. We have some 18 turkeys, young ones. I am sitting on the back piazza steps writing at the pantry door. The kitten is playing around me. Pinck off with his Papa. Zona at the branch as Fannie is washing since dinner & Willie, my pet, is up with Atheline at Mama’s house. She is spinning cotton for the negro’s clothes & has been sometime. The sun is getting low & I must begin to take in the wool. This has been a beautiful day.

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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