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In Their Own Words

July 21, 1864

“Thieving Yankees” in Journal

Thomas Maguire wrote in his journal from Rockbridge, near Lithonia east of Atlanta:

“At 12 or 1 o’clock at night the Yankees came here in force. Knocked us up. The house was soon filled with the thieving Yankees - robbed us of nearly everything they could carry off. Broke open all our trunks, drawers, etc. & carried off the keys. They must have practiced roguery from their childhood up, so well they appeared to know the art.”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), Vol. I, p. 609.