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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 18, 1865

Diary Entry Expressed Despondency and Worry for Family

A Lithonia, Georgia man wrote in his diary his despondency over the condition of the South and his hopelessness for his family.

“John E. and James H. C., came home from Atlanta. Got their paroles… . John E. brought today’s paper. From it we are back in the Union, but how I do not know and do not much care. I look for nothing but hard times for the balance of my life. What will become of my family it is hard to say. I had hoped for better things, but hoped in vain, so I will try and put up with my lot as best I can. I have no heart to do anything. All is dark and gloomy. I could weep, but that would do no good, so I will stop writing on this painful subject.” Source: Franklin Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its people and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), Vol. I, pp. 677-78.