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In Their Own Words

August 30, 1864

Journal Entry Opposed Armistice

By this point in the Civil War, Richmond County’s Gertrude Thomas was well aware of the setbacks suffered by the South. Yet, as today’s journal entry shows, she was not ready to give up the fight just yet:

“… The subject of an armistice is attracting general attention. I do not feel sanguine with regard to it and indeed think that it would be a suicidal move upon the part of our government to agree to an armistice. Our ports would still continue blockaded - we would be denied the privilege of strengthening our position and Lincoln in the meanwhile would be elected… .”

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. 233.