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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 31, 1863

Journal Entry Spoke of Losses, but Remained Positive

An Augusta woman confided to her journal regarding the recent military setbacks, but tried to remain positive.

“… Our gallantly besieged Vicksburgh [sic] has capitulated. Our invading army of the Potomac have returned [after Gettysburg]. [Confederate cavalryman] Morgan has not been successful in his raid. Charleston is menaced. Altogether the sky is more ominous than it has been before in fifteen months and yet I am still sanguine. Never for one moment do I permit myself to doubt that all will be well… .” Source: Virginia Ingraham Burr (ed.), The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990), p. 218.