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In Their Own Words

April 23, 1862

Journal Entry on Husband Leaving for Civil War

Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas’s journal entry for this day in 1862 shows the universal fear experienced by all whose loved ones go off to war:

“This I suppose will be the last day of our stay in Atlanta. Mr. Thomas expected to have left for Virginia via Augusta last night but the cars could not be procured for the transportation of the troop … . Leaving Atlanta entails a separation from Mr. Thomas and how I dread it the ‘Searcher of all Hearts’ alone knoweth. My dear Husband, my own darling - how I shrink from parting with him again … .”

Source: Virginia Ingraham Burr (ed.), The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990), p. 204.