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In Their Own Words

June 10, 1865

Father’s Illness Recorded in Journal

Eliza Frances Andrews’ diatribes against Yankees were replaced by something closer to home and much more important on this day:

“June 10. Saturday. Our pleasant evening had a sad termination. We went to our rooms at twelve o’clock, and I had just stretched myself out for a good night’s rest when mother came to the door and said that father was very ill. I sprang to the floor and went to get a light and hunt for the laudanum bottle… . A man of father’s age and feeble health cannot well stand a severe attack of illness, and I felt cold with terror every time I thought of the possibility that he might die. Oh, how I reproached myself for being so often disrespectful about his politics, and I solemnly vow I will never say anything to vex him again. He is the dearest, best old father that ever lived, and I have talked dreadfully to him sometimes, and now I am so sorry… .”

Her father, Judge Garnett Andrews, recovered from this illness and lived another eight years.

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 297-297.