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Covington History: Burge Plantation – Part 2


burgeLast week you were introduced you to Dolly Sumner Lunt, or Mrs. Thomas Burge, and her story from Covington’s history.  Mrs. Burge was the widow of the late Mr. Thomas Burge, thus leaving the Burge Plantation and around 100 slaves to Dolly. She left behind a journal, and book Woman’s Wartime Journal pieces together parts of this diary to showcase her emotions and trials during the American Civil War, making this a fascinating piece of Covington history.

The Burge Plantation is a great place to go sightseeing in GA, but it’s also important to gauge the history that is laid behind it. Dolly was born in 1817 in Maine; she eventually married Mr. Burge and had a daughter, Sarah. She refers to Sarah in her diary as Sadai. After the death of Mr. Burge, Dolly, Sadai, and her 100 or so slaves worked tirelessly for three years, until the Civil War.

The diary starts in 1864, with the day of the Battle of Atlanta. Mrs. Burge recounts hearing cannons all day, and being fearful. She sends some of her slaves to hide most of her valuables that they can, knowing they could be taken from her once the militia arrives. She sees houses in the distance burning—her neighbors. This must have been terrifying, wondering if your house was next. She caught word that the Yankees had left, but still slept with one eye open.

Next week, we will further explore the trials of Mrs. Burge, her daughter, and her slaves. A lot is to come, so stay tuned to learn more Covington history!

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