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In Their Own Words

November 13, 1863

Soldier Sons Mentioned in Diary

John Banks of Columbus, Georgia had seven sons in Confederate military service. Four of these were briefly mentioned in today’s journal entry:

“Willis has gotten nearly well and will soon be ready to return to his command. Elbert is still at Canton, Miss. Eugene at or near Chickamauga. Stationed there near the enemy. Today I paid $2.10 for a Hhd of sugar and not good.

“Sold Watkins’ cotton at 40c. It was not good. 55c the average price. Corn, $3 per bushel.”

Source: John Banks, Autobiography of John Banks, 1797 - 1870 (Austell, Ga.: privately printed by Elberta Leonard, 1936), p. 30.