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In Their Own Words

March 20, 1738

Diary Entry on Soldier Visit

Salzburger minister Johann Martin Boltzius recorded in his journal a visit by one of the soldiers stationed at Fort Augusta who came to New Ebenezer to talk with Boltzius:

“… A German man who heard us preach a couple of times some months ago and had come to a recognition of true Christianity called on me and said he was coming from the newly built fortress of this province, Augusta, via Savannah-Town, where he was serving as a soldier. They have built a fortification of palisades, together with a house for the captain and lieutenant there. They have nothing at all to fear from the Indians, who harmonize fully with the English Europeans in drinking, misbehavior, and in the most dissolute things, that no one hold against the other. He could not sufficiently describe the shameful manner of life the swinish behavior and lewdness that he had to witness there. The captain is otherwise an honorable man but has been lyin sick at his plantation near Savannah with epilepsy, which he is said to have contracted from drinking and anger. Things are miserable in that land. However, because there are still some just men and children of God there, who step up to the abyss, our merciful Father in heaven will probably withold his judgement over the country and its inhabitants… .”

Source: George Fenwick Jones and Renate Wilson (ed. and trans), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America… Edited by Samuel Urlsperger, Volume Five, 1738 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1980), p. 64.