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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 06, 1865

Diary Entry on Fall of Richmond

Eliza Frances Andrews wrote in her diary of having a soldier play the flute for her, and of hearing of the fall of Richmond.

“Capt. Greenlaw brought his flute and spent the morning. He is red-headed and ugly, but very musical, and such jolly good company that one can’t help liking him. I don’t know when I have met a person that seemed so genial and altogether lovable, in a brotherly sort of way…. I took a long walk through the village with Capt. Greenlaw after dinner, and was charmed with the lovely gardens and beautiful shade trees. On coming home, I heard of the fall of Richmond. Everybody feels very blue, but not disposed to give up as long as we have Lee. Poor Dr. Robertson has been nearly distracted since he heard the news. His wife and five little children are on a farm near Petersburg, and he don’t know what is to become of them.” Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 134-135.