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In Their Own Words

May 02, 1865

Similar Events Witnessed and Noted

Gertrude Thomas and Eliza Frances Andrews witnessed similar events and recorded similar thoughts on this day in 1865. Thomas wrote from Augusta:

“Tuesday, May 2, 1865 Seated by the window I look out upon what to me appears a sad commentary, or mockery of the times - The boys in the street playing soldier! Armed with guns and old rusty swords…these boys unable to see the humiliation of having been conquered are enjoying their sport… . Again I hear that Confederate money is to be worth 50 cts on the $100… . Mr. Thomas [her husband] has a few thousand dollars in Confederate money which he says he will keep to see what will happen.”

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. 262.

From Washington, Ga, Eliza Andrews wrote:

“The disorders begun by the Texans yesterday were continued to-day, every fresh band that arrived from the front falling into the way of their predecessors. They have been pillaging the ordnance stores at the depot… . A number of paroled men came into our grove where they sat under the trees to empty the cartridges they had seized. Confederate money is of no more use now than so much waste paper, but by filling their canteens with powder they can trade it off along the road for provisions.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 195-196.