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In Their Own Words

April 30, 1865

Brother Wounded in Battle

On this day in 1865 Eliza Frances Andrews and family received the word her brother had been wounded in battle:

“April 30, Sunday.- We were all standing under the ash tree by the fountain after breakfast, watching the antics of a squirrel up in the branches, when Gen. Elzey and Touch [name by which the general’s son, Arnold, a lad of 14, was known among his friends] came to tell us that Garnett [her brother] was wounded in the fight at Salisbury, N.C. Mr Saile brought the news from Augusta, but could give no particulars except that his wound was not considered dangerous, and that his galvanized Yanks behaved badly, as anybody might have known they would. A little later the mail brought a letter from Gen. Gardiner, his commanding officer, entirely relieving our fears for his personal safety. He is a prisoner, but will soon be paroled.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 190.