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In Their Own Words

March 28, 1865

Journal Entry Expressed Concern over Runaway Slave

While visiting her older sister near Albany, Eliza Frances Andrews was troubled by what might happen to a young slave her sister had turned over to the sheriff for repeatedly running away:

“Misses Caro and Lou Bacon spent the day with us, but I could not enjoy their visit for thinking of the poor boy [and slave], Anderson, who has been sent to jail. He implored me to beg “missis” to forgive him, and I couldn’t help taking his part, though I know he deserves punishment. He refused to obey the overseer, and ran away four times. A soldier caught him and brought him in this morning with his hands tied behind him. Such sights sicken me, and I couldn’t help crying when I saw the poor wretch, though I know discipline is necessary, especialy in these turbulent times, and sister is sending him to jail more as an example to the others than to hurt him. She has sent strict orders to the sheriff not to be too severe with him, but there is no telling what brutal men who never had any negroes of their own will do; they don’t know how to feel for the poor creatures.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl: 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 122.