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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 29, 1861

Journal Entry on Manassas

An Augusta woman wrote in her journal of the excitement over the Southern victory at the First Battle of Manassas, but also her concern over husband leaving for the war.

“The date of the last entry made in this Journal will be one ever memorable in the history of our southern Confederacy – Upon the 21st of July was fought the battle of Manassas. But today is one still more memorable to me – Today Mr. Thomas leaves home for months – perhaps forever! Tomorrow the Richmond Hussars go into camp in Augusta and in another week they expect to leave for Virginia the seat of war. Troops are rapidly being concentrated to enable our Confederacy to follow up the brilliant victory at Manassas… .” Source: Virginia Ingraham Burr (ed.), The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990), p. 189.