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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 30, 1864

Diary Entry on Armistice Rumor

An Augusta women recorded in her diary rumors of an armistice, but had little hope it would do the South any good.

“… The subject of an armistice is attracting general attention. I do not feel sanguine with regard to it and indeed think that it would be a suicidal move upon the part of our government to agree to an armistice. Our ports would still continue blockaded; we would be denied the privilege of strengthening our position and Lincoln in the meanwhile would be elected… .” 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. 233.