In Their Own Words
July 30, 1864
Civil War Close to Home
The Civil War had become a very personal matter for Gertrude Thomas, as recorded in her journal:
“The war is nearing our own door - Passengers from Macon say that it was rumoured that our forces and the Yankee Raiders were drawn up in line of battle eight miles from that place where the train left. The central R Road has been cut at Gordon on Friday … and a number of cars burnt - the raiders busy tearing up the track… . A large party of raiders was seen in the vicinity of Covington last night. I fired off two pistol shots tonight to keep my courage up… . I don’t know how I feel! A strange kind of apathy comes stealing over me as if I knew that it must come - that which we had so often talked of - so often jested upon, would soon be a fact that the Yankees would be in our midst and then what? I don’t know. Let the future decide.”
Source: Virginia Ingraham Burr (ed.), The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990), p. 230.