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In Their Own Words

May 04, 1865

Journal Entry on Jefferson Davis Leaving Washington, Georgia

Eliza Frances Andrews continued to record in her journal of Jefferson Davis passing through Washington, Georgia:

“Father and Cora went to call on the President, and in spite of his [her father’s] prejudice against everybody and everything connected with secession, father says his manner was so calm and dignified that he could not help admiring the man. Crowds of people flocked to see him, and nearly all were melted to tears. Gen. Elzey pretended to have dust in his eyes and Mrs. Elzey blubbered outright… . Then she made me laugh by telling some ludicrous things that happened while the crowd was calling … . It is strange how closely interwoven tragedy and comedy are in life… . The President left town about ten o’clock, with a single companion, his unruly cavalry escort having gone on before. He travels sometimes with them, sometimes before, sometimes behind, never permitting his precise location to be known.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 204-206.