Friday November 26th 
I went Sunday morning for my scholars but they could not go. Annie Lea is back at school this week. I feel like myself now. We dance every day now. The girls are going to have some tableaux Christmas & wanted me to act, but Ma would not let me. I do not take much interest in the war news now our boys have got home. Emily is sick.
Source: Malinda Ray Diary, Anna Sutton Sherman Papers, North Carolina State Archives. See also David A. Ray Papers, Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill