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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 15, 1864

Diary Entry on Fresh Graves

An Atlanta man and his family witnessed the results of the battles going on in Georgia, as he recorded in his diary.

“After dinner Sallie and I and the children rode out to the cemetary [Oakland]. The saddest sight that I have seen is the acre of fresh dug graves that are filled by dead soldiers, the result of this terrible war. Not a blade of grass left growing there.” Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954),Vol. I, p. 586, 590.