Heroines of Dixie Winter of Desperation Author:Katharine M. Jones (Editor) A moving first-hand account of what life was like in the Confederacy. — "The Yankees Have Taken Atlanta!" — "The shades of night came on...blackness enveloped the earth, and yet the subdued tones of mother, son and dauaghter mingled with unabated interest...overjoyed by the luxury of reunion. — "Hark! Hark! An explosion! An earthquake? The angry be... more »llowing sound rises in deafening grandeur, and reverberates along the far-off valley and distant hilltops. What is it--this mighty thunder.
"With blanched face and tearful eye, the approaching soldier said: 'Atlanta has surrendered to the enemy...'
"Dumbfounded we stood, trying to realize the crushing fact. Woman's heart could bear no more in silence, and a wail over departed hopes mingled with the angry sounds without..."
--Mary Ann Harris Gay, July, 1864, Decatur, Georgia« less