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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 29, 1863

Meeting with Jefferson Davis Recorded

An Atlanta businessman recorded in his diary about meeting Confederate President Jefferson Davis; he was returning from his visit to the Confederate army in north Georgia.

“We had a call from President Davis tonight and I had a short conversation with him, that in, he asked me if Mrs. McLean was in and I replied that she was, and forthwith took him up to her room with the aide who came with him, and they stayed an hour up there. Mrs. McLean has an extensive Military acquaintance; the President – Gen’s Polk, Hindman, Buckner and others are constant friends and visitors.” Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Its Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of original 1954 volume), p. 559.