July 1867 - February 1868, The "thousand mile walk" from Kentucky to Florida and Cuba Image 44
Athens contains many beautiful residences. I never saw so much about a home that was so evidently done for beauty only, although this is by no means a universal characteristic of Georgian homes. Nearly all of the farmers’ families in Georgia and Tennessee spin and weave their own cloth. This work is almost all done by the mother and daughters, and consumes much of their time. The traces of war are not only apparent on the broken fields, burned fences, mills, etc. and woods ruthlessly slaughtered, but also upon the countenances of the people. A few years after a forest has been burned, another generation of bright and happy trees arise in purest freshest green. Only the old trees wholly or half dead bear marks of the calamity, and so with the people of this war-field, happy, unscarred, and unclouded youth is growing up around the aged half-consumed and fallen, parents, who bear in sad abundance the grim and ineffaceable marks of the farthest reaching and most infernal of all civilized calamities.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
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