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In Their Own Words

November 02, 1864

Hard Times in Civil War

From Rockbridge, northeast of Atlanta, planter Thomas Maguire wrote in his journal of despair following Sherman’s capture of Atlanta:

“Hands gathering up corn and some trifling folks at it too, but this is war time and maybe worse is coming, but we must try and bear it as best we can.”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Its Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of original 1954 volume), p. 648.