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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 23, 1863

Athens Ladies Responded to Accusations of Inhospitality

In the Southern Banner of Athens, the ladies of that city published a response to reports they were not hospitable to military refugees.

December 23, 1863, p. 3, c. 2 Athens, Dec. 21st, 1863. At a meeting of the ladies of Athens, it was deemed advisable to publish a denial to the slanderous reports, that have been circulated in regard to our mistreatment of the refugees in our midst. We will say that we have been deeply grieved at the want or proper feeling attributed to us. That so far from having any hard feelings towards those driven from their homes by our common enemy, our kindliest sympathies have ever been for them.We have welcomed them in our midst, with warm hearts, and so far as the pressure of the times would admit of, we have ministered to their necessities. The only public meetings of the ladies of Athens, have been to aid our suffering soldiers, and all our works in those meetings have been labors of love. It has wounded us, that our good should have been evil spoken of, but we are only more determined, with warm hearts and hands to minister to all who are suffering, or may suffer in the cause of our bleeding country. All newspapers which have published these injurious reports, will do us the justice to give publicity to our denial. Mrs. Richardson, Ch’n. Mrs. Rutherford, Sec.