June 27th 1864
Why should I remember June 27th 1862?
The bitterness of desolation has not left me yet. God in His all wise providence has ordered that I should suffer on – Suffer & in the end be strong. Sally, my Precious friend my heart is with you to-night- as we live over our life long sorrows. God comfort you my child. My heart is sorely given, yet this daily suffering draws me nearer and near to my God. And at last we shall count as naught these trials in the long hereafter.“God only designs our dross to consume, out god to refine.”
I feel that my life on earth will always be desolate but not cheer less – there is in store for me the comfort of contributing to the happiness of others – & god will give me His Peace.
Source: Elizabeth Collier Diary, Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill.