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In Their Own Words

June 10, 1864

Fasting Day Recorded in Diary

In Atlanta, a Union sympathizer known as “Miss Abby” wrote in her diary:

“Fast day again! Stores are closed and all business suspended. The mayor has appointed this as a day of fasting and prayer, the especial cause being the rather too rapid marching this way of the ‘ruthless foe.’ We are to pray that they may be defeated, driven back and our righteous cause prevail. the voices of prayer are heard in every church in the city. From over the hills, the cannons boom, boom, and in the skies above there are mighty thunderings, the rumblings of God’s chariot wheels.”

Source: Mills Lane, Georgia History written by Those who lived It (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), p. 169.