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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 01, 1862

Diary Entry on Not Planting Cotton

A diary entry from a Columbus man for this day showed he was aware of the recent military setbacks the Confederacy had suffered, and that he was joining the movement not to plant cotton.

“I have neglected to record the war news. We have had many successes and reverses since I last made any remarks, but most against us. I plant no cotton this year, and quite a disposition with many to do likewise.” Source: John Banks, Autobiography of John Banks, 1797 - 1870 (Austell, Ga.: privately printed by Elberta Leonard, 1936), p. 25.