July 4th 
How differently is this day passed from what it once was in our midst. Our young nation is being now baptized in blood! The greatBattlenear our Capital has been ragin & prolonged for a week past – and all over our broad land are “mourning & lamentations” heard. The enemy is held in check, but the final result is not known here as yet. May the God of Battles hear our prayer and grant us victory!
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