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.