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In Their Own Words

October 19, 1864

Hiding Food from Union Troops

From his plantation near Rockbridge, Thomas Maguire wrote in his journal about efforts to conceal food supplies from foraging Union troops:

“This day devoted to hiding out wheat, two boxes in the farmer field, 80 bushels. Little hands pulling fodder of syrup-cane in the patches. Will put out some barrels of syrup this day making preparation for the evil time coming should it come… .”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Its Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of original 1954 edition), Vol. 1, p. 648.