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.