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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

When Families Left the Plantation #georgiapioneers #genealogy


Some ideas where to search for the ancestors. After the War Between the States, farmers were unable to employ workers. The reason is that they lost everything during the war. The crops were burned or consumed by the Union Army dragging its force of soldiers and huge following of slaves through Georgia. They stripped the land of cattle, hogs, chickens and vegetation. The march through Atlanta and to the Sea devastated the economy of the State for many years to come. When it was over, there was no money to purchase seed or to hire workers. So they removed to towns and cities where people gathered to search for work. Confederate Soldiers did not receive pensions until about 1903 and destitute soldiers eventually ended up in the old Confederates Home in Atlanta.

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