[from the diary of Eliza Oswald Hill, refugee from Wilmington, N.C.]
Wednesday 11--This is a bright, cool clear day -- Rather too cool for the season.
I have received this morning a long affectionate letter from Liz--She did not
tarry in Raleigh & is now safely at her mothers--Mr Gorrell left this morning
& the young ladies seem lost without him. He is very lively
& full of fun--& has spent the most of his time here in the parlour.
No war news of any importance--Except of another Victory gained over
Shields & Fremont by StoneWall Jackson--He & Morgan seem to be
performing wonders--Mrs George Johnston's husband was not killed in
the battle of Williamsburg--but taken prisoner by the Yankees--
Colonel Lane's Regiment fought valiantly--But being surrounded
by double their numbers--& not receiving aid they had to retreat--
Eliza received by mail a letter from Mr M[ason]--He had returned to Camp
Liz: her daughter-in-law Elizabeth Branch Hill, daughter of U.S. Senator and North Carolina Governor John Branch, 1782-1863.
Mason: Captain James M. Mason, her daughter Eliza's fiancee