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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 13, 1865

Floods in Eastern and Central Georgia

As if the people of eastern and central Georgia did not have enough problems in the wake of the March to the Sea, on this day a series of floods devastated much of the area.

Eliza Frances Andrews wrote in her diary of the floods - at least they had eased her fears of Yankee raiders.

“…The newspapers bring accounts of terrible floods all over the country. Three bridges are washed away on the Montgomery & West Point R.R., so that settles the question of going to Montgomery for the present. Our fears about the Yankees are quieted, too, there being none this side of the Altamaha, and the swamps impassable.” Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 68