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In Their Own Words

October 27, 1862

Civil War Progress Recorded in Diary

In Columbus, Georgia, planter and former lawyer John Banks wrote of the progress of the Civil War in his journal:

“This is my 65th anniversary day. Am old and paralysed so much that I get about slowly with the aid of a stick. My general health is good.

“The war still progressing. The Abolitionists making great preparations to crush us this winter along the coast and rivers. Willis [one of seven sons who would fight for the Confederacy] was taken by the Abolitionists while sick at Glasgow, Ky., paroled and now at home. Elbert [another son] has gotten back to Knoxville, after going through Kentucky in Bragg’s army. Having accomplished but little.”

Source: John Banks, Autobiography of John Banks, 1797 - 1870 (Austell, Ga.: privately printed by Elberta Leonard, 1936), p. 26.