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In Their Own Words

July 29, 1861

Manassas Victory Noted in Journal

Gertrude Thomas recorded the excitement engendered by the initial Confederate victory of the Civil War:

“The date of the last entry made in this Journal will be one ever memorable in the history of our southern Confederacy – Upon the 21st of July was fought the battle of Manassas. But today is one still more memorable to me – Today Mr. Thomas leaves home for months – perhaps forever! Tomorrow the Richmond Hussars go into camp in Augusta and in another week they expect to leave for Virginia the seat of war. Troops are rapidly being concentrated to enable our Confederacy to follow up the brilliant victory at Manassas… .”

Source: Virginia Ingraham Burr (ed.), The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990), p. 189.