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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 15, 1863

Diary Entry Disapproved of Government Taking Horses

An Atlanta man wrote in his diary, disapproving of the way the Confederate government was taking horses and not compensating the owners appropriately.

“There has been considerable excitement in our city this week upon the horse question, the military powers having pressed nearly all the valuable horses that are in the place in order to recruit the Cavalry branch of the Army in Tennessee. Many of our citizens have been deprived of carriage horses that they had refused three or four thousand dollars for, and been obliged to take only a fourth part of that amount for them. I think it is a high handed and dishonest proceeding, unworthy such a government as ours professes to be. Having no horses to lose myself, my opinion is a disinterested one. If the emergency requires that horses should be taken by force the owners ought at any rate to receive just compensation.” Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs:A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), p. 558.