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Letter, 1 Feb. 1864, of C.K. Ayer to
        Iveson L. Brookes
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Letter, 1 February 1864, from C.K. Ayer, Yarbrough P.O., Floyd County, Ga., to Iveson L. Brookes (1793-1865) advises that he was shipping his household goods and furnishings, along with those of his son, W.F. Ayer, to Brookes, a South Carolinian living near Hamburg [present day Aiken County, S.C.], in anticipation of the Union Army’s advance upon his Georgia home.

“The news of the fall back of the army was very startling to me,” Ayer writes, further noting that “when F. wrote me to load up the Cars & hold myself in readiness to move his & my negroes at a moments warning, I was frustrated in all my plans.” He begs Brookes to “excuse the liberty I have taken in sending my furniture & Bacon to you to be taken care of till I can provide some other place.”

Floyd County, Ga., and Rome, the seat of county government, fell to Union forces shortly after the beginning of the Atlanta campaign in late April 1864.

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