Saturday 13th Feb. 
Pa succeeded in getting Buddy temporarily transferred for duty in this state. Col Mallett gave him a furlough of ten days after which he was ordered to report at Statesville. He arrived here Friday afternoon the sixteenth on the stage. Cousin William arrived the evening after from Cheraw. I have no seen him before in ten years. He has changed a good deal, looks mighty old. We spent a delightful week. Buddy left yesterday afternoon. His visit seems like a dream. “A green spot in memory’s waste.” Cousin William is still here. We see a great deal of him.
** Buddy is Malinda’s brother
Source: Malinda Ray Diary, Anna Sutton Sherman Papers, North Carolina State Archives. See also David A. Ray Papers, Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill