Melinda R., age unknown, North Carolina

We had bad news today from the south nearly the whole of Charleston is burnt. The fire broke out in three places about half an hour. After it began the wind blew violently. It burnt a mile in one direction. The fire was still raging the last accounts by some it is feared the whole city will be destroyed. A meeting was called this evening by the Mayor & $1200 raised for the sufferers. Buddy went up the county about Moore last Tuesday to recruit. He wants ten men to get a Lieutenancy. Lina came down on the cars Wednesday evening. She began school yesterday.  *(Diary: Melinda Ray, 1861-1865, North Carolina State Archives)