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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

June 19, 1861

Letter Expressed Concern over Family Safety While Men at War

From Wrightsville, Georgia a man wrote the Georgia governor expressing concern over the safety of his, and other, families while men were to be away on military service.

“I am requested by several citizens of this place and vicinity to inquire of Your Excellency how they are to manage a certain class of persons who are not disposed to enter the service of their country and whom it would not be safe to trust with the black population while honest men have to leave to go into the service. One person in this vicinity was heard to boast to his bacchanalian friend that he and the Negroes would have fine times with the wives of the volunteers after they, the volunteers, left for the service! Our people are law-abiding people and if, by any civil legal process, they can render themselves and families secure from the hellish designs of such characters as the above, they wish to be informed how it is to be done.” Source: Mills Lane (ed.) Georgia: History written by Those who lived It (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), p. 143.