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In Their Own Words

June 07, 1862

Diary Entry on Andrews’ Hanging

In his diary, Samuel P. Richards of Atlanta wrote of the execution of James Andrews:

“A man was hung here today; the leader of the band that stole the engine and cars on the State R Road lately. His name was Andrews and he was executed as a spy by military authority - poor fellow he ought to have engaged in better business … .”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), Vol. I, p. 524.