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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

November 22, 1864

Ranger Wrote of Stopping Escaping Slaves

A group of Texas Rangers had been ordered to follow and report on Sherman’s progress through Georgia; one of them kept a diary of their travels. On this day he wrote of stopping some slaves trying to escape to the Union forces.

“To-day we followed on and whipped about 1,000 negroes, who were on thier [sic] way to the enemy. We camped at dark.”

Source: Diary of Cpl. Enoch John