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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 25, 1865

Threat of Yankee Raid Waned, Not Bitter Feelings

Eliza Frances Andrews wrote in her diary of the Yankee threat subsiding, but not her feelings toward them, and of her desire to return home.

“Dined at Judge Vason’s, where there was a large company. He is very hospitable and his house is always full of people. Albert Bacon came in from Gum Pond and called in the afternoon, bringing letters, and the letters brought permission to remain in South-West Georgia as long as we please, the panic about Kilpatrick having died out. I would like to be at home now, if the journey were not such a hard one. Garnett and Mrs. Elzey are both there, and Mary Day is constantly expected. I have not seen Garnett for nearly three years. He has resigned his position on Gen. Gardiner’s staff, and is going to take command of a battalion of “galvanized Yankees,” with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. I don’t like the scheme. I have no faith in Yankees of any sort, especially these miserable turncoats that are ready to sell themselves to either side. There isn’t gold enough in existence to galvanize one of them into a respectable Confederate.” Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 75.