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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 04, 1862

Quiet Fourth of July

A native of Atlanta noted in his diary the relatively quiet passing of a previously festive holiday.

“Friday 4th. The once ‘Glorious Fourth’ has passed by very quietly this year. A Fireman’s Dinner and a few faint poppers being all the celebration vouchsafed to it.” Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), Vol. I, p. 542