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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 02, 1865

Diary Entry Speculated on Plantation Life and Slaves

Eliza Frances Andrews wrote in her diary of preparing to leave her sister’s home in south Georgia to return to her home in Washington, Georgia. She wondered if the war would end plantation life forever, and also commented on how it might affect slaves.

“I went to church at Mt. Enon. After service we stopped to tell everybody good-by, and I could hardly help crying, for we are to leave sure enough on Tuesday, and there is no telling what may happen before we come back; the Yankees may have put an end to our glorious old plantation life forever. I went to the quarter after dinner and told the negroes good-by. Poor things, I may never see any of them again, and even if I do, everything will be different. We all went to bed crying, sister, the children, and servants. Farewells are serious things in these times, when one never knows where or under what circumstances friends will meet again. I wish there was some way of getting to one place without leaving another where you want to be at the same time; some fourth dimension possibility, by which we might double our personality.” Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 127-128.