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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 02, 1865

Diary Entry on Natural Wonder of Georgia

Eliza Frances Andrews wrote in her diary of a high river, beautiful birds, and what would become one of Georgia’s natural wonders - “Blue Spring” - now called Radium Springs.

“We left Pine Bluff at eleven o’clock and reached the Blue Spring in time for lunch. Albert Bacon and Jimmy Chiles were there to meet us. Hang a petticoat on a bean pole and carry it where you will, Jimmy will follow. The river is so high that its muddy waters have backed up into the spring and destroyed its beauty, but we enjoyed the glorious flowers that bloom around it, and saw some brilliant birds of a kind that were new to me. Mr. Bacon said he would kill one and give me to trim my hat.” Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 103.