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In Their Own Words

January 17, 1865

Diary Entry on Floods, Religion, Civil War Effect

Eliza Frances Andrews wrote in her diary of flooding, a religious debate, and the effect the civil war was having on “so many happy homes.”

“The river still rising and all the water-courses so high that I am afraid the stage won’t be able to pass between Albany and Thomasville, and we sha’n’t get our mail. There is always something the matter to keep us from getting the mail at that little Gum Pond postoffice. Mrs. Sims is water-bound with us, and it is funny to hear her and Mrs. Meals, one a red-hot Episcopalian, the other a red-hot Baptist, trying to convert each other. If the weather is any sign, Providence would seem to favor the Baptists just now. Mrs. Sims almost made me cry with her account of poor Mary Millen - her brother dead, their property destroyed; it is the same sad story over again that we hear so much of. This dreadful war is bringing ruin upon so many happy homes.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 70-71.