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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

November 13, 1863

Diary Entry on Sons in War and High Prices

A Columbus man with several sons fighting in the war mentioned some of them in his diary on this day, along with some “not good” prices he was paying for necessities.

“Willis has gotten nearly well and will soon be ready to return to his command. Elbert is still at Canton, Miss. Eugene at or near Chickamauga. Stationed there near the enemy. Today I paid $2.10 for a Hhd of sugar and not good. “Sold Watkins’ cotton at 40c. I t was not good. 55c the average price. Corn, $3 per bushel.” Source: John Banks, Autobiography of John Banks, 1797 - 1870 (Austell, Ga.: privately printed by Elberta Leonard, 1936), p. 30.