One of the essays in Discovering North Carolina (see more here) contains excerpts from the journal of Catherine Ann Devereaux Edmondston. There are entries from Election Day 1860 when she was sure Lincoln wouldn't be elected. Then there is the grievous disappointment expressed nearly three weeks later. The diary entries give glimpses of the home front from the perspective of a lady from the planter class in Halifax County.
After Robert E. Lee surrendered in April 1865, Mrs. Edmondston writes that she had "reduced [her]self, to an utterly paperless condition." Except for her journal which she must have hidden pretty well.