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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 27, 1864

Diary Entry on Marriage

Julia Johnson Fisher recorded a rare happy event in her diary.

We went over to Kate’s for the mail. Found her sitting on the front steps, dressed in her new calico and knitting. She looked very smiling and soon told us that she and the Major were married on the previous evening. There was not time to send to us or we should have been summoned. Mr. Bullock, the minister, came at night while she was milking. The Major had been off all day cow hunting–after supper the Major brushed his hair, Kate put on her new calico, the negroes all gathered about the doors and the knot was tied. The children were delighted. Kate loaded us down with flowers and radishes and we trotted home full of curious emotions, hardly describable. The Major is going to Savannah in a day or two and will carry our papers with him. Source: Julia Johnson Fisher, 1814-1885 Diary, 1864