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In Their Own Words

July 04, 1862

Quiet Fourth of July

Atlanta merchant Samuel P. Richards recorded in his diary how Atlanta celebrated the 4th of July holiday:

“Friday 4th. The once ‘Glorious Fourth’ has passed by very quietly this year. A Fireman’s Dinner and a few faint poppers being all the celebration vouchsafed to it.”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), Vol. I, p. 542.