August 10th 
A day to be remembered for being the one our darling boy left his home, not again to enter it as a child. He started this afternoon for Chapel Hill. How sad I feel and how I shall miss him. It is the first time that he has ever left me for any length of time, and then I know he goes into scenes of novelty, temptation and trial that he has never known before; that he is a Christian and knows where to look for strength to resist evil. Oh God, be thou near him when danger is nigh.
Source: Myrtle C. King, Anna Long Thomas Fuller’s Journal, 1856-1890: A Civil War Diary. (Alpharetta, Georgia: Priority Publishing, Inc., 1999)