Old Mansion, Monday 10 [February 1862]
The enemy have taken Roanoke island. They were fifteen thousand strong. We had fifteen hundred.
Roanoke island is a vital point and of great strategical importance. It is the key to many counties and towns in North Carolina and endangers Norfolk. God help us and grant that they gain no further foot hold on our soil.
Got a precious letter from my dear husband today. Oh that the feelings he expresses may be lasting.
I feel anxious about Johnny. He is with Capt Lynch. It is the Burnside fleet that have taken Roanoke.