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In Their Own Words

April 02, 1865

Goodbye to Family and Way of Life Recorded in Journal

After a three-month visit with their older sister on a plantation near Albany, Ga., 24-year-old Eliza Frances Andrews and her younger sister Metta, prepared to return to their parents home in Washington, Ga. As Eliza Andrews recorded in her journal, this was the end of an era:

“Sunday. - I went to church at Mt. Enon. After service we stopped to tell everybody good-by, and I could hardly help crying, for we are to leave sure enough on Tuesday, and there is no telling what may happen before we come back; the Yankees may have put an end to our glorious old plantation life forever. I went to the quarter after dinner and told the negroes good-by. Poor things, I may never see any of them again, and even if I do, everything will be different. We all went to bed crying, sister, the children, and servants. Farewells are serious things in these times, when one never knows where or under what circumstances friends will meet again. I wish there was some way of getting to one place without leaving another where you want to be at the same time; some fourth dimension possibility, by which we might double our personality.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl: 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 127-128.