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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 17, 1864

Diary Entry on Receiving Mail

Julia Johnson Fisher - staying in Camden County during the war - recorded in her diary the news on this Sabbath day.

On Sabbath mornings we look with great impatience for the mail. Today a letter came from Fred. He was in good spirits–he had found a pair of saddle bags containing clothing and had found also a pretty girl from Virginia. He was before Palatka in Florida and expecting a battle daily. We received a paper also, drawn up by the Camden Coites suing General Gilmer for a passport for us. I do not like it, and think I will write for myself. No satisfactory news in the papers. A dish of lettuce and eggs was added to our corn cake at noon which relished nicely. Last night was very cold, a frost in some places. Source: Julia Johnson Fisher, 1814-1885 Diary, 1864