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In Their Own Words

May 11, 1865

Brother Welcomed Home from War

Eliza Frances Andrews welcomed one of her brothers home on this day. He was serving with Johnston’s army in North Carolina when it was surrendered:

“Henry reached home late in the afternoon, so ragged and dirty that none of us knew him till he spoke. He had not had a change of clothes for three weeks, and his face was so dirty that he had to wash it before we could kiss him.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 240.