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In Their Own Words

April 24, 1865

Journal Entry on Soldiers Returning to Georgia

In Washington, Georgia, Eliza Frances Andrews recorded in her journal the arrival of the first groups of returning Georgia soldiers who had served with Robert E. Lee at the time of his surrender two weeks earlier:

“The shattered remains of Lee’s army are beginning to arrive. There is an endless stream passing between the transportation office and the depot, and trains are going and coming at all hours. The soldiers bring all sorts of rumors and keep us stirred up in a state of never-ending excitement. Our avenue leads from the principal street on which they pass, and great numbers stop to rest in the grove. Emily is kept busy cooking rations for them, and pinched as we are ourselves for supplies, it is impossible to refuse anything to the men that have been fighting for us. Even when they don’t ask for anything the poor fellows look so tired and hungry that we feel tempted to give them everything we have… .”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 181-182.