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In Their Own Words

January 14, 1865

Impassable Dirt Roads

From her older sister’s plantation near Albany, Eliza Frances Andrews wrote about a problem Georgia would later become nationally known for - dirt roads that were impassable when it rained, as noted in this journal entry:

“… Father keeps on writing for us to come home [Washington, Ga.]. Brother Troup says he can send us across the country from Macon in a government wagon, with Mr. Forline for an escort, if the rains will ever cease; but we can’t go now on account of the bad roads and the floods up the country. Bridges are washed away in every direction, and the water courses impassable.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 68.