April 8th 
Today is a solemn fast, appointed by our Congress & president in behalf of our afflicted lands. That God would bless our Rulers & Commanders with wisdom and our armies with courage & strength in the approaching campaign. May our hearts be humbled today and may we “seek until Him & to Him commit our cause.” We have no preaching as our ministers are at Prebytery. I have been reading to the children and had Jimmy & George to read a chapter relative to fasting. The 3 of Isaiah & 12 of Second Samuel.
I will write today to dear Jimmie. He is now at Weldon has recently been in a dangers raid into the enemy’s lines. We are looking for conflicts soon. May God be with our poor Soldiers! Be merciful to “those who are appointed unto death” all our hope is in the comforting assurance.
“The Lord Reigns!”
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