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In Their Own Words

October 27, 1864

Foraging Yankees Recorded

From his plantation near Rockbridge, Thomas Maguire wrote of his first experience with foraging Union troops:

“… At 10 1/2 o’clock some 30 Yankees rode up. Took Phillips’s wagon and two horses, all our meal and flour, one keg of syrup and several articles from the house that I do not know of, one bu. grain, the last we had. They stayed some 15 or 20 minutes and put back over the [Yellow] river. They also took John E’s saddlebags and a large tin cup.”

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 volume), p. 648.