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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 05, 1865

Diary Entry on Soldier Survivor, Fall of Selma

Eliza Frances Andrews wrote in her diary of fixing her sister’s hair - which had changed after a bout with typhoid fever, and of meeting a soldier who had survived a serious wound. Finally, she mentioned hearing of the fall of Selma.

“…I fixed Metta up beautifully, though, and she was very much admired. Her hair that she lost last fall, from typhoid fever, has grown out curly, and her head is frizzled beautifully all over, without the bother of irons and curl-papers. Metta says she never saw more elegant dressing than at Miss Long’s wedding, which is a great credit to the taste and ingenuity of our Southern girls in patching up pretty things out of all sorts of odds and ends. Capt. Tennille, an acquaintance of Garnett’s, dined here, and five of Cousin Bolling’s patients called in the afternoon. One of them, Capt. Guy, had had a curious experience with a minie ball that knocked out one tooth and passed out at the back of his neck without killing him. I laughed and told him he was certainly born to be hanged. Another poor fellow, with a dreadfully ugly face, had six battle scars to make him interesting. A report has come that the Yankees have taken Selma, and a raid is advancing towards Eufaula, so that puts a stop to our Chunnennuggee trip. I can’t say that I am disappointed, for I don’t want to turn my face from home any more, but Mett was anxious to make the trip, and I thought it would be mean not to go with her. ” Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 133-134.