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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 27, 1862

Diary Entry on Sons Fighting in War

An elderly man with sons fighting in the war commented on them and the status of the war.

“This is my 65th anniversary day. Am old and paralysed so much that I get about slowly with the aid of a stick. My general health is good. “The war still progressing. The Abolitionists making great preparations to crush us this winter along the coast and rivers. Willis [one of seven sons who would fight for the Confederacy] was taken by the Abolitionists while sick at Glasgow, Ky., paroled and now at home. Elbert [another son] has gotten back to Knoxville, after going through Kentucky in Bragg’s army. Having accomplished but little.” Source: John Banks, Autobiography of John Banks, 1797 - 1870 (Austell, Ga.: privately printed by Elberta Leonard, 1936), p. 26.