Diary of Elizabeth Collier, April 25, 1865
April 25, 1865
Gen Johnston has surrendered his army! We have no army now-We have been overpowered-outnumbered, but thank God we have not been whipped—Did I ever think to live to see this day! After all the misery & anguish of the four past years-Think of all our sacrifices—of broken hearts, & desolated homes-of our noble, glorious dead--, & say for what? Reconstruction! How the very word galls—Can we ever live in peace with the desecrators of our homes & the murderers of our Fathers, Brothers & Sons—Never—We are bound to rise again—My God is it thy will that we should be conquered? Oh I had such supreme faith—such profound belief in the justice of our cause—that I thought it impossible for us to be vanquished—Surely oh My God thine our hast not ben deaf to the fervent prayers for our success which have ascended nigh & day? Teach us to say They will be done on earth—Good may yet result from evil—God has some wise, & hidden purpose in thus punishing us—Perhaps we were too presumptuous—we relied too much upon his favor when we had no right to expect it—God knows what is best for as a people as well as individuals.
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