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In Their Own Words

January 01, 1864

Dolly Sumner Lunt Diary Entry

In Covington, Ga., Dolly Sumner Lunt recorded the first entry in her Civil War diary:

“A new year is ushered in, but peace comes not with it. Scarcely a family but has given some of its members to the bloody war that is still decimating our nation. Oh, that its ravages may soon be stopped! Will another year find us among carnage and bloodshed? Shall we be a nation or shall we be annihilated? … The prices of everything are very high. Corn seven dollars a bushel, calico ten dollars a yard, salt, sixty dollars a hundred, cotton from sixty to eighty cents a pound, everything in like ratio.”

Source: Dolly Sumner Lunt, A Woman’s Wartime Journal (New York: The Century Co., 1918), p. 3.