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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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Thursday 18th [August 1864]

I have a slight headache all day & yesterday too. I finished my dress this evening. Matt has sewed on Mr. Henry’s coat. Betsey Jamison was here this evening, staid a short time. The children learn fast & are a dear good set of wee ones. Mrs. Fanning gets on slowly with the flannel as she has warped a piece for us and one for herself this week.

 

Friday 19th [August 1864]

I am twenty eight years old today. Getting up in years smartly. I finished the coat this evening. My head has not been easy since Tuesday. Matt fills quills for Mrs. Fanning. No news of importance this morning. I do hope we will be able to whip the yanks good at Atlanta.

 

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 17th [August 1864]

Eliza Patton came here Monday & spooled. I had the piece of flannel ready for the loom Tuesday. Eliza Patten worked till Tuesday at dinner. He & Tena got through spooling both pieces. She then went home. I began today my muslin dress Sister Jane gave me. Matt helped me some. It is made garabaldi waist. Mr. Henry went to town today & got his linen coat cut.

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 20th June 1864

Mr. Henry started this morning. I shall miss him so much. He will be gone ten days or longer if he goes to Columbia. Harris is to come up this summer & board at Dr. Hilliard’s. Lt. Gen. Polk is killed. I am truly sorry of it. He was a good man & a first rate general. He was killed near Marietta Ga. I sympathise with his bereaved family. They reside just in the suburbs of Asheville in the Foster house. I finished Hanes’ shirt before diner & after dinner cut Gus some skirts of one of my flannels. I was softer for summer than home made flannel & I did not need it as I have two homespun linsey ones. I began to work one with blue silk, some of the fringe of Lou Deaver’s blue mareno shawl. She gave me the shawl a long time ago & I made Pinck a cloak of it & Zona (she was a baby) a little talma & saque. The skirt looks very neat. Matt made the other two this evening, all but putting on the waists. She will make & set them on tomorrow. ‘Tis reported that the tories made a raid into Camp Vance (at the head of the road two miles from Morganton) & took all the conscripts that were there. They were boys, about 150 I think. They surprised them.

Friday July 1st [1864]

I finished Gus’ skirt this evening & mended some. Till Morris & her little sister Sallie spent the day here & stay tonight also. Till, Matt, Sallie & Zona went to the Murray place this evening & got some cherries. They are ripe up there but not here. I have a headache this evening. I gave my head a good washing last Tuesday, also Zona’s & Willie’s head. A good deal of mail this morning but little news.

 

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 14th [May 1864]

I have done some mending today & after dinner put up some of the winter clothes & got out some summer ones. Mr. Henry has laid aside his flannel & coloured shirts & is wearing white ones again. He looks like his self again. I have not take off homespun yet but have left off my flannel & yarn stockings. The children have been barefooted for nearly three weeks. Gus was not at all well last night. I slept but little. His bowels were loose & he is taking a cold & I think cutting some teeth. Mr. Henry went to Asheville today & got the coffee Harrie bought in Columbia. He sent it up by old Mr. Linsey. I had a letter from Harrie yesterday saying he was not better. I fear he never will be again. There is 11 lbs. of coffee for $100, $9 per lb. Some one stole some of Mr. Andy Jones’ wool last night. I expect it was Pinck Allen. He is a terrible rogue. A bright day. Fannie cooked today & baked some molasses bread 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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Saturday April 2nd 1864

I have been in bed part of the day but am a good deal better this evening. I hope I may get well soon. I have done nothing today, only knit a little. All the soldiers are gone & I am glad of it for the house has not been clear of them for a week till tonight. They are all nice men, genteel in their deportment. I received a letter from Dora yesterday saying they were all well. Pinck has learned to knit & Dora is learning him to write. I would be so glad if he could write. I had a letter from Eugenia also. Harrie was not improving any. Jennie wants me to get her ten yds. of white flannel made. I fear it will be a bad time to get now as every one has made up their wool.

 

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 March 4th 1864

Some rogue went into our smoke house last Tuesday night & took two sides of bacon. They drawed the staple. There is a great deal of stealing going on through the country by deserters. I think some one goes in the mill occasionally & takes what they want. We don’t let any grain stay there. I made myself a linsey saque today, trimmed it (facing) with dark coloured flannel. It fits neatly. Gus still very cross. He cries every time I dress his hand. ‘Tis getting well fast. I got all the missing No. of the Field &c. today. I will subscribe again soon. I wrote to the editor some two weeks ago telling him his paper was not coming regular so he sent be back No.

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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