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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 21, 1864

Despondency Set in on People

Julia Johnson Fisher - staying in Camden County during the war - recorded in her diary of the despondency settling over the people, and a soldier home on furlough seeing his child for the first time.

Kate and family have gone to Valdosta to visit her mother. It is onely without her. We went over yesterday for the mail, but heard nothing from the boys. It is monotonous here. I have no spirit to write. Some days we are very desponding. It seems as if we should never meet with our friends again. I hope we may have patience to wait. Mr. Linn has been home on a week’s furlough. His baby was four months old before he had a sight of it. It is a pretty child. Called Arthur Stuart. Ed Richardson’s foot is still very bad, but he is obliged to show himself in Savannah once in thirty days. He is going again tomorrow. It is two days journey to the cars and he has nothing but a cart to go in. Source: Julia Johnson Fisher, 1814-1885 Diary, 1864