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In Their Own Words

April 27, 1861

Early Civil War Action Recorded in Diary

From Columbus, Ga., John Banks recorded in his diary of the excitement he observed to the early progress of the Civil War:

“The war excitement keeps up without abatement. Much talk of attacking Washington City. Troops coming on from the North to protect the city. Were attacked in Baltimore, several killed. Railroads torn up and bridges burnt to prevent this passage.”

Source: John Banks, A Short Biographical Sketch of the Undersigned by Himself (privately printed by Elberta Leonard, Austell, Ga., 1936), p. 23.