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In Their Own Words

August 15, 1863

Horses Taken by Military

Atlanta merchant Samuel P. Richards wrote in his diary:

“There has been considerable excitement in our city this week upon the horse question, the military powers having pressed nearly all the valuable horses that are in the place in order to recruit the Cavalry branch of the Army in Tennessee. Many of our citizens have been deprived of carriage horses that they had refused three or four thousand dollars for, and been obliged to take only a fourth part of that amount for them. I think it is a high handed and dishonest proceeding, unworthy such a government as ours professes to be. Having no horses to lose myself, my opinion is a disinterested one. If the emergency requires that horses should be taken by force the owners ought at any rate to receive just compensation.”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs:A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), p. 558.