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The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In the fall of 1864 General Sherman and his army cut a ruinous swath across Georgia, and outraged Southerners steeled themselves for defeat. Threatened by the approach of the Union army, young Eliza Frances Andrews and her sister Metta fled from their home in Washington, Georgia, to comparative safety in the southwestern part of the state. The daughter of a prominent judge ...more
Paperback, 403 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by University of Nebraska Press (first published March 1908)
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Graceann
Nov 17, 2013 Graceann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a fascinating read, and yet a difficult one. On the one hand, it is an important document regarding what it felt like to be there, in the moment, as soldiers used your land and rubbed your nose in the loss of a four-year conflict. On the other, the racism which, in so many ways, has yet to leave the American consciousness, is hard to read with anything other than nausea.

Eliza Frances Andrews was living in Washington, Georgia, and went on a trip to Southwest Georgia just after Sherman's
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Sue
Oct 24, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: civil-war
This book gives an interesting view of the feelings of the Southern slave holding families at the end of the Civil War and into Reconstruction. From a 2010 point of view the reader has to remind themselves that we are reading a historical viewpoint from 1865 - a very different set of circumstances shaped the feelings of the author i.e. elite slaveholding, wealthy class whose entire world is being turned up side down but try to hold onto and justify their beliefs about race and slaveholding wrong ...more
Deborah Krupp
If u want to really know about the south and the war read this
From a young girls life
Anne
Feb 18, 2016 Anne rated it really liked it
I read this as a companion book to The Killer Angels, a Book Club read. It provides a great historical perspective to events during Sherman's march through Georgia and also the effects felt by the South, especially Georgia plantation owners, at the end of the civil war. It is noted that the sentiments simply reflect some of the biases of the times in that part of the country, and references to slavery are certainly disturbing to read today. Many parts of the journal are missing and these are not ...more
Susan
This book is so interesting. It is a real life account of life of a young woman at the wane of the Civil War. She goes visiting, dancing and has a vibrant social life as they evade the Yankees. I enjoyed this book except all the very racist things that the author thinks. I know that's how lots of people felt but it's still shocking to read.
Melissa
Jul 10, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
Was interesting to see that Margaret Mitchell captured the time period perfectly in GWTW or she ripped off the journals of Fanny Andrews.... And to say that South Georgia is a better climate and more beautiful than the Piedmont region... I have my doubts at this point.
Susan Stans
Aug 31, 2014 Susan Stans rated it it was amazing
Fascinating account of the realities of war for civilians following the Civil War and the early days of reconstruction. A must read for any Southerner.
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