[from the diary of Matthella Page Harrison as transcribed at a later date]
Monday, November 17 Rainy day. A report of Longstreet's repulse of Burnside
Three cavalrymen have just called to spend the night. I expect to go to Winchester
tomorrow if it does not rain. I am very fearful of scarlet fever but they in
Winchester do not seem to think it prevalent and Dr. H. does not seem to think it
imprudent. So I go, though reluctant. God protect my little ones.