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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 18, 1864

Diary Entry on a Birth

Julia Johnson Fisher wrote in her diary of the birth of a baby, and the continual search for adequate food.

We were called about 3 o’clock this morning to Mrs. Linn. We hurried down but found the boy there before us. Old Nelly was officiating. It is a nice fat baby. The people here are quite like the Israelitish women. They hardly give a baby time to turn about. This is the fourth baby that we have waited on since the war broke out. Our mulatto “Josy” is the prettiest baby of the three–he is a handsome, cunning little fellow. Clarence claims him as his. He says he is going to Camp Tackle-em (Tattnall) this morning to buy him a pony. Went over to Kate’s in the afternoon. She gave us a basket of radishes, and a basket of flower roots. Maj. Bailey intends to send our petition to Savannah on Saturday, next. Yesterday Mr. Fisher succeeded in driving up three cows which gives us about two quarts of milk per day. We can now wet our rice and hominy and although it does not taste much like milk, it is a valuable acquisition. We fare well. Source: Julia Johnson Fisher, 1814-1885 Diary, 1864