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In Their Own Words

July 31, 1863

Military Setbacks Noted in Journal

Gertrude Thomas noted the recent military setbacks of the Confederacy, but still maintained a positive attitude:

“… Our gallantly besieged Vicksburgh [sic] has capitulated - Our invading army of the Potomac have returned [after Gettysburg]. [Confederate cavalryman] Morgan has not been successful in his raid. Charleston is menaced. Altogether the sky is more ominous than it has been before in fifteen months and yet I am still sanguine. Never for one moment do I permit myself to doubt that all will be well… .”

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. 218.