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In Their Own Words

July 16, 1865

Sad Parting Recorded in Journal

From her home in Washington, Georgia, Eliza Frances Andrews recorded a sad parting of friends on this day, and commented how it was analogous to the passing of another way of life:

“July 16. Sunday. The Elzey’s last day in Washington, and our last pleasant evening together. They took tea with us, and we tried hard to be cheerful, but the thought that we shall probably never all sit together again around that cheery old table, where so many friends have met, came like a wet blanket between us and mirth… .The Elzeys return to Baltimore. When Touchy’s turn came to say good-by, he didn’t seem to know exactly how far to go, but Metta told him that if he grew up to be as nice as he is now, she would want to kiss him and couldn’t, if we ever met again, so she would take the opportunity now – and so we gave the handsome boy a smack all round, and sent him off laughing. The general [Gen. Elzey] took leave earlier than usual, and with sad hearts we saw his soldierly figure in the well-known white army jacket, moving, for the last time, down the front walk. ‘General,’ I said, as we parted at the head of the steps, ‘I feel as if I am shaking hands with the Confederacy; you are the last relic of it that is left us.’”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 334-335.