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In Their Own Words

April 03, 1865

Diary Entry on Leaving for Home, Brother Appointed to Duty in Georgia

Eliza Frances Andrews wrote in her diary of leaving her sister’s to return home to Washington, Georgia, and of a brother being assigned to military duty in north Georgia.

“All of us very miserable at the thought of parting. Mrs. Meals goes with us as far as Wooten’s, on her way to Gopher Hill, so sister and the children are left alone. Brother Troup has been ordered to Gen. Wofford’s command in North Georgia, and this separation adds to her feeling of loneliness, but she and the children will soon join us in Washington, so it won’t matter so much. The ride to Albany was very unpleasant, the sun scorching hot, the glare of the sand blinding, and Mrs. Meals with a headache. Mr. George Hull writes that the Georgia R.R. will be open for travel by the last of this month, and so our visits to Cuthbert and Macon will just fill in the interval for Mett and me. We can then go home by way of Atlanta. It is something to think we will be able to go all the way by rail and won’t have to undergo that troublesome wagon ride again across the country.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 130.