April 18th 
I am very unwell this morning, but able to be up. I am all alone. My children have gone about eight miles in the country to see a cavalry regiment on dress parade. It is too cloudy and cold, but many of their companions were going and of course they wanted to, too. They little know the anxiety their mother feels about them, particularly our little Annie. She is a delicate child, so good and kind. Our boy is all we could ask him to be; noble and generous and endowed with more than ordinary intellect. They are Christians, too, both of them. Ought I not to walk humbly and thankfully before the Lord every day for giving me so many blessings.
Source: Myrtle C. King, Anna Long Thomas Fuller’s Journal, 1856-1890: A Civil War Diary. (Alpharetta, Georgia: Priority Publishing, Inc., 1999)