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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 13, 1863

Diary Entry Showed Cruel Treatment of Slave and War Lament

An Atlanta merchant recorded in his diary the brutal treatment a slave could receive, and lamented the war was being fought for them.

“I forgot to say that yesterday I had to whip our woman Caroline for insubordination and impudence to her mistress. I am disgusted with negroes and feel inclined to sell what I have. I wish they were all back in Africa, or Yankee Land. To think too that this cruel war should be waged for them! Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), p. 557.