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October 29, 1864

Saturday night

Our boys Jamie and George are at home again, as Mr Hagen their teacher has been called off in home defense. They are all playing in the nursery so happily. Sallie MacNeill & Annie Williams are spending the week with our dear little Jennie, who is an invalid at this time. She had a fall two weeks ago & hurt her arm very badly. It is still so much swollen that the Dr. is unable to tell whether or not it is broken.

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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Wednesday 10th August 1864

Finished Pinck’s shirt today & cut Zona & Gus a bonnet. Matt helped me. We did not get them done. No news of importance. I hope Mr. Henry will not have to go out in the militia. I do wish this cruel war was over. The children learn very fast. Zona can read & spell in three letters. Gus & Willie go to play while the children are reciting.

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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July 1864

My dearest Cornelia,

Yesterday I was the happy recipient of yours of the 20th ult. Which was the first from you for nearly a month, and today one of the 5th inst. came in giving a detailed account of the raid. I was sorry to hear the militia acted so badly in defending their homes and property. I wish I could have been there with 200 men, under Col. Martin from our regiment, I dare say they never would have left with their prizes and the glory of whipping the Burke militia, we would have given them such a blow as they never would have forgotten and never would they put their feet again on the soil of Burke. To commit such depredations as they and all other Tory and Yankee raiders been doing.

Billy is sick yet, this morning he had some fever. The doctor came to see him awhile ago. I asked him if he had or was taking the fever, he replied he didn’t think he was but that he was bilious which caused the slight fever this morning, he said he thought he would get well in a few days, if he should get worse I will write again in a few days. I think in all probability he will be well in a few days. Think, exposure brought on his sickness; he eats tolerably well [torn page] a pretty good appetite. He walks about occasionally when he gets tired lying on the hard ground is no worse than he was two or three days ago I don’t think he is going to have an attack of typhoid fever.

I think Puss’ beau a right clever fellow  he seems to be right friendly with me so from that I calculate he is going to be my brother. I would like to hear the good joke you spoke of. Cant you write it? I will never mention it to him. I haven’t seen Susan’s lover in a month don’t know where he is I heard, but don’t know how true, that brigade had gone to Chaffins Bluff.

I was sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Corpening. I also was sorry to hear of the death of Capt. Frank Alexander who it was supposed was engaged to Laura, if she was will it not be hard for Laura and Harriet both to lose their intended comforters. This was together all the distress this cruel was has caused, surely it is a severe chastisement for our sins. May God in his flavorful mercy pardon us from further bloodshed and destruction of mind and body. I was so sorry to hear of the death of Jim Conly. I have seen several of Perkins Co.


Love to all



Note: Say to Uncle John Tom Moore paid me ten dollars… I wrote to Harriet yesterday. We heard good news from our army in Md.

Sources: Mike and Carol Lawing, eds., My Dearest Friend: The Civil War Correspondence of Cornelia McGimsey and Lewis Warlick (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2000). Original collections of the papers are in the Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill.





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February 9, 1864

On Saturday evening the enemy in heavy force crossed the Rapid Anne at three fords, Morton’s, Raccoon, & Barnet’s, the last three miles only from Orange Court House. At two they were repulsed, but at Barnets heavy firing on Sunday morning denoted some action, so says the Examiner. This movement of Meade’s, he goes on to say, is supposed to be intended merely to engage Lee’s attention & to cover movements on the Peninsula. Information given by a deserter has warned the authorities that an advance on Richmond from that quarter was in anticipation & accordingly at nine o’clock on Saturday night a demonstration in heavy force was made and our pickets at Bottom’s Bridge driven in. The alarm was given in Richmond and all the available force marched out to meet them. The second class militia was ordered out & a thousand rumours flew wildly through the streets. A large force of the enemy consisting of three Brigades of infantry, four Regiments of Cavalry, & twelve peices of Artillery are massed at Barhamsville & advancing in the direction of Talleysville. Gen Wade Hampton at Hamilton’s Crossing telegraphs “that the enemy are advancing.” Everything indicates a renewal of McClellan’s attack through the swamps of the Chickahominy.

Source: Edmondston, Catherine Ann Devereux, 1823-1875, Journal of a Secesh Lady: The Diary of Catherine Ann Devereux Edmondston 1860-1866. Crabtree, Beth G and Patton, James W., (Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1979).http://nc-historical-publications.stores.yahoo.net/478.html

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Thursday 4th [February 1864]

I finished Zona’s dress this evening. It fits neatly. Sam has got all the onions & buttons planted, about a bushel of buttons. He & Hanes are making krout today, will not finish before tomorrow. Mr. Branton, George, Fannie & Charlie at work at the dam, will have it done in a week or so. The milita is called out again as the tories & yanks have made a raid to Franklin in Macon Co. ‘Tis reported they are advancing on Asheville. I hope it is not so. I have not heard one word from Mr. Henry. I hope he is safe & well. I hear the Yankees captured a part of Thomas’ Legion & killed a good many of his Indians. I don’t give much credit to the report as we hear so many things. Mrs. Fanning warped the cloth today & beamed it. I received a letter from Matt & Pinck last Monday. I was glad to hear Pinck was well & satisfied. May kind Heaven watch over my child & protect him & may Heaven shield my dear husband & may he soon return to home in peace is my fervent pray Oh! Lord of love & mercy.

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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Camp 24 miles northeast

Wilmington, NC

January 28, 1864

Dear family,

I received your kind letters dated 14. I was very glad to hear from home for I had been looking for  a letter for a long time. I did not get Emerson’s letter you spoke of. I got all the letters you sent. I want you to give me the date of all my letters you get there after. I was well pleased with the letters the children sent to me. I want them to be good children and be smart for I will come home sometime and I want to find smart children. I am sorry to hear Jonty has got to be lazy for he told me he would be a good boy. I want you to get Wood if possible for it won’t do to let the land lay idle. I would like to be there a few days to make some arrangements for you but I can’t come before spring. I got the cakes and pies and apples and sausage you sent me. They were all good. I wish I had some more for we are only getting 2 ounces of bacon per day and 1 pint of meal not sifted. We have to shoot three men tomorrow for desertion. The whole Regiment is in an uproar now about it. I don’t have to shoot for I am no guard till tomorrow night. We have all sorts of rumors in camp but no reliable news. We are now 24 miles from Wilmington working on breastworks. I don’t know when we will go back to camp. We are in 15 miles of New River, not far from the Yankee line. Great confusion among the soldiers. All want peace not caring how so all can get home. Some think the Army will break to pieces in the Spring. All in favor of going back in the Union hoping there will be a convention. The home guard in Hanover County is called into service and about 800 men in Wilmington drilling. My mess crowd is all well and I will tell you who they are William Hood, Nathan W. Smith, W.A. Smith, Giles Etchison, Peter Allen, S.M. Foster, Robert Orrell, Peter Harman, and Hiram Speaks. We have all been in one mess for a long time. I have given you about all the new I know. I have received two numbers of the press. I send you all my love hoping I will see you all in peace before six months.

I am in fine health. Hoping you are all well.

Tell Emerson to write to me again. I want you to tell Copes to write to me and I want you to write every week and tell me who wrote your last letter. I could not make out the handwriting. I would read it very well. Do the best you can till I come. If you don’t get a letter from em again soon don’t be uneasy, for I shall try to do the best I can for myself. I still remain your loving husband and son.

T.C. Riddle to Sophia R. Riddle, Nancy Riddle, and my dear little children.

Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 1.

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Sunday 17th [January 1864]

My head is nearly well. Preaching at the Academy today but I will not go for fear my head will ache again. I sent Charlie to Asheville with a note to Mollie Henry to hear the news. I hear this morning that Jim Henry & nine others made their escape. I do wish Mr. Henry could have been one among the number but I fear ‘tis otherwise ordered. If he is a prisoner I hope he may be well treated, just as well as I wish & he will be well cared for certainly. Willie is about well. Gus is fretful, cutting teeth I think. This is a beautiful day. I want to be out walking as we have had some of the coldest weather this winter we have had in a long time, none since 1856-57. The ground has not been thawed well for three or four weeks. Charly got back about 3 o’clock. Mollie wrote that Jimmie’s command was not captured, only Gen. Vance & 150 of his men. They had taken a wagon train & the yanks recaptured the wagons & Vance & his men, so I think Mr. Henry is not a prisoner. Gen. Vance & a great many of his men made their escape. I hope ‘tis all true. Oh! That God would grant us a speedy peace & let no more hearts languish in pain. Stay the wrath of Thy hand upon us as a nation I beseech Thee & nation will praise Thee, yes, turn our hearts to praise if we have sinned in Thy sight. Lead us to see our errors & help us turn from them for unto Thee alone can we look & hope for help in this, our time of need. Into Thy kind protecting care do commit my husband. Watch over him & shield him from all harm. Keep us from all harm this coming week is my prayer.

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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