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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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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 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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Monday August 1, 1864

Tom is broke out with the measles very thick this morning. His face is swollen a good deal. I have sewed some on Pinck’s shirt today. Matt upstairs with Tom nearly all day. Mr. Henry out in the oats all day. He wants to get done cutting this week. No mail of importance tonight.

 

Tuesday 2nd [August 1864]

I finished Pinck’s shirt today & knit some this evening. I think of going to see Sister Jane tomorrow & stay till Thursday evening. Mr. Henry at home all day, they are getting on finely with the oats. Mrs. Patsey Jones & Lou Shuford called here this evening. They brought the mail but nothing new. Mrs. Jones is a very fast woman, disgusting in my eyes.

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 26th [July 1864]

I have been quite unwell all day, a dull headache. Mr. Henry went to town since dinner.l We had eat supper when he got home. He got a furlough for ten days. I am so sorry he has to go out again. I do hope no ill will befall him. I have done nothing but knit today. Matt finished a shirt for Sam today, began it yesterday.

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 8th [July 1864]

I received a letter from Eugenia this morning. Harrie is quite unwell, confined to his bed. Poor Harrie. I expect to hear is no more soon. Gus some better this morning. He slept very well last night. A good deal of mail this morning. I have knit & nursed Gus nearly all day. Till Morris did not get a letter from her husband today. She is very uneasy about him as ‘tis rumored he is killed. Mr. Mark Erwin was here this morning & got fifty lbs. of flour.

 

 

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 7th July 1864

Gus quite sick this morning. I was up with him several times last night, vomiting & purging. He has some fever this morning. Mrs. Andrews spent the day here. I bound my old palm leaf fan this morning & nursed Gus & knit in the evening. I go up & sit awhile with Atheline every evening. She loves company. I don’t think I will sit with her long. She can’t walk alone, her feet are badly swollen. She is nothing but skin & bone.

 

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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