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April 1966

Confederate City, Augusta, Georgia 1860-1865.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(4):587-588. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870100115022

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The impact of the Civil War on a thriving industrial community of the South is illustrated admirably in this collection of facts and display of pictures of Augusta, Ga, brought together by Florence Fleming Corley. At the outbreak of the Civil War, known among the "genteel" as the War between the States—and few will insist that it was civil—Augusta was one of the flourishing new river towns exporting cotton produced in the newly blooming mills. As the terminus of an important railroad and an excellent river port, it contained the not always smoothly blended amalgamation of the citizenry of plantations, rising industry, and the producing farm.

Augusta provided many volunteers for the armies of the Confederacy. When in 1862 the Confederate powder works were brought into operation, a major achievement of industry in the South was reached. Wherever gunpowder, dynamite, and explosives have been made, inhabitants of the community feel

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