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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 02, 1864

Close Encounter with Yankees Recorded

Julia Johnson Fisher - staying in Camden County during the war - wrote in her diary of a close encounter with some Yankees, and of the youth of the guards posted nearby.

Last night a small boat came up the river. The enemy landed and burned up the house that the pickets occupied–they are supposed to be deserters from across the river. The pickets in their fright ran to warn Maj. Bailey but left us in happy ignorance until morning. We have heard two or three times from the boys. They were feeling well, but we are constantly anxious. The enemy are getting a strong hold on Georgia. We go to Kate’s twice a week for the mail. It is all the visiting and recreation that we have. She seems to enjoy it as well as we, and loads us down with good things. There is now here a new set of pickets, young boys from fourteen and up. They are abundantly supplied with melons from our garden. We have enough for ourselves and our neighbors. Were we near a market we could realize a handsome sum as they are selling from $5.00 to $10.00 but no one has any money now. The soldiers are gone, and besides they are receiving no pay. Source: Julia Johnson Fisher, 1814-1885 Diary, 1864