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In Their Own Words

May 18, 1865

Journal Entry on Sadness at Loss of Civil War

Thomas Maguire of Rockbridge, Ga. wrote in his journal:

“John E. and James H. C., came home from Atlanta. Got their paroles… . John E. brought today’s paper. From it we are back in the Union, but how I do not know and do not much care. I look for nothing but hard times for the balance of my life. What will become of my family it is hard to say. I had hoped for better things, but hoped in vain, so I will try and put up with my lot as best I can. I have no heart to do anything. All is dark and gloomy. I could weep, but that would do no good, so I will stop writing on this painful subject.”

Source: Franklin Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its people and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), Vol. I, pp. 677-78.