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Fear in North Carolina
The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family
“…a distinctive voice and perspective on the trials and traumas of the wartime home front and its aftermath…
“They were Kirk’s men and said… they intended to kill you. These yankees are at the Murray place on the watch for you. Try to get out of the country tonight. I will not be easy till I know you are gone...
a remarkable chronicle of the war…which deserves the much wider readership it is now likely to reach...”
-John C. Inscoe, author “The Heart of Confederate Appalachia:Western North Carolina in the Civil War.”
May God protect you and watch over you in this trying hour. Stay away from the road. Go way off. I will come to you at Pa’s if the yankees stay. Disguise yourself and pass under a fictitious name. Oh yes, leave and try to get out!”
Cornelia Henry, April 1865
-Terrell Garren, author "The Secret of War"
Cornelia Henry’s three journals, written between 1861 and 1868, provide an excellent source of information on Western North Carolina prior to, during and following the Civil War, and give us an intimate and personal glimpse into the lives of a struggling Confederate family.
Now compiled into a fascinating
and informative new book!
· Read how a North Carolina Confederate family survived the war
·Read the reactions of family slaves to freedom after The Civil War
· Read first hand accounts of Union soldiers' ransacking and violence
Throughout her writings, Cornelia reveals her innermost thoughts and fears as she describes her daily routines, rumors and news of the war, raids by Union soldiers, occupation of Asheville by Union troops, activities of newly freed slaves, and finally, troublesome times after the war.
“...One of the best local sources for daily information in Western North Carolina during and immediately following the Civil War..”
- Pack Memorial Public Library, Asheville, North Carolina
“The war has broken us up. I can’t see how we are to pay our debts & still retain a home. Mr. Henry worries about it a good deal. He is prematurely ten years older in the last eight months…
I try to cheer him but he is gloomy nearly all the time. I feel so sorry for him. He loves his old homestead so dearly. May God in his love, spare us the trial of giving it up and may we be more prosperous.”
-Cornelia Henry, September 1865
Discover historical facts found in few other places
View rare photographs and documents
Learn how Civil War Women managed the home front
Read how Cornelia raised a large family during desperate times
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