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II. plantation life (January 1-April 3, 1865） explanatory note.-During the period embraced in this chapter the great black tide of destruction that had swept over Georgia turned its course northward from Savannah to break a few weeks later (Feb. 17) in a cataract of blood and fire on the city of Columbia. At the same time the great tragedy of Andersonville was going on under our eyes; and farther off, in Old Virginia, Lee and his immortals were struggling in the toils of the net that wa
temporarily taken up their abode there.
Jan. 1st, 1865.
Sunday. Pine Bluff
A beautiful clear day, but none of us went to church.
Sister was afraid of the bad roads, Metta, Mrs. Meals, Julia and I all sick.
I think I am taking measles.
Jan. 1 , Wednesday
I am just getting well of measles, and a rough time I had of it. Measles is no such small affair after all, especially when aggravated by perpetual alarms of Yankee raiders.
For the last week we have lived in a state of incessant