29 March 1862: “we are now on the sea of a decisive contest, and all hearts are anxious about the result…”

Item description: Diary entry written by Jane Evans Elliot.

More about Jane Evans Elliot: Jane Evans Elliot (1820-1882) was a diarist in Fayetteville, N.C. Her husband was Alexander Elliot, a lumberman who served in the North Carolina House of Commons, 1824-1825, and the North Carolina Senate, 1826. He was a colonel in the militia and active in the Civil War. In three diaries held by the Southern Historical Collection, Jane Evans Elliot writes describing her daily life, and records church attendance, religious reflections, and family matters, as well as observations on  the Civil War.

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Item citation: From the Jane Evans Elliot Diaries #5343, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

March 29 – Sunday night – I did not get to Church today, having given my seat to my old Friend Eliza, who had been spending a few days with me – I have been trying to instruct my children as best I could, but fear I am not faithful – oh for “more grace” – we are greatly depressed now about this dreadful war – our state is invaded & there has already been two Battles fought in its soil – & we are now on the sea of a decisive contest, and all hearts are anxious about the result – our time is filled with refugees and my Sister [Emily?] with her little family are without a home – here Thankful should we be for our homes & how humble too for we know not how soon, it may be our own unhappy condition! – Father in heaven,

“Be Thou our strong habitation,”
“My steadfast heart shall fear no ill

That heart will rest in thee!”

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