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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 30, 1865

Diary Entry on Mother Wanting Captured Sons Home

A Covington, Georgia woman wrote in her diary of soap making and planting by the moon, and of desperately wanting her captured sons home again.

“As the moon has changed, Julia [the cook] has gone to making soap again. She is a strong believer in the moon, and never undertakes to boil her soap on the wane of the moon. “It won’t thicken, mist’ess - see if it does!” She says, too, we must commence gardening this moon. I have felt a strong desire today that my captured boys might come back. Oh, how thankful I should feel to see them once more safe at home!” Source: A Woman’s Wartime Journal: an Account of the Passage over a Georgia Plantation of Sherman’s Army on the March to the Sea, as recorded in the Diary of Dolly Sumner Lunt (Mrs. Thomas Burge)