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In Their Own Words

April 07, 1865

Journal Entry on Last Days of Civil War

From Cuthbert in southwest Georgia, Eliza Frances Andrews wrote in her diary of the final days of the Civil War in Georgia:

“… The two female colleges have been turned into hospitals, one of which is under Cousin Bolling’s charge.

“The news this evening is that Montgomery has gone, and the new capital of the Confederacy will be either Macon, or Athens, Georgia. The war is closing in upon us from all sides. I am afraid there are rougher times ahead than we have ever known yet. I wish I was safe at home. Since Brother Troup has been ordered from Macon our chance of getting a government wagon is gone, and the railroad won’t be finished through to Atlanta for a week or ten days yet. If ever I do get back home again, I will stay there till the war is over.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl: 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 135-136.