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This Week in Georgia Civil War History
May 31, 1863: A soldier in Georgia's 2nd Regiment - the Georgia Rangers - received a promotion to 3d Lieutenant on this day.
A disabled soldier from Georgia's 12th Regiment - who had lost a leg at Antietam and been captured - was exchanged on this day.
The CSS Atlanta was stuck in a marsh after a trial run down the Savannah River earlier. The Confederates had hopes that this vessel could help break the blockade of Savannah.
June 1, 1863: A Georgia soldier wrote home to his wife, first regarding a friend who had apparently deserted or gone over to the Union, then about the conditions under which he was writing, and finally wondering where he might be going next.
Click here to see the discharge order for a Georgia soldier suffering from a hernia.
June 2, 1863: The Confederate Union of Milledgeville printed the resolutions adopted by a citizens' meeting in Louisville (Jefferson County), Georgia. Georgia Confederate Senator Herschel Johnson spoke at the meeting, and they urged the rest of the state to adopt similar resolutions.
The Southern Recorder of Milledgeville reported on events at Vicksburg; some of the report was exaggerated, another part grotesque. But what is clear is that some heavy fighting was taking place as the Union besieged the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River.
June 3, 1863: General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia moved west towards the Shenandoah Valley, the first step in the campaign that would take them into Pennsylvania.
Before leaving on the march, one Georgia soldier wrote to his wife, telling her of being mildly sick, but also of receiving an honor, which he hoped to show their son.
The Macon Daily Telegraph reported on a meeting of citizens in Houston County, resolved to to what they could to combat any Union raids into Georgia, much like the citizens of Jefferson County had done (see June 2).
Click here to see the discharge order for a Georgia soldier suffering from "severe debility."
June 4, 1863: The Southern Confederacy of Atlanta printed a letter giving a first hand account of the flanking movement at the Battle of Chancellorsville, including some impressive work done by Georgians.
Click here to see the discharge order for a Georgia soldier released by a surgeon's certificate.
June 5, 1863: The Macon Daily Telegraph printed conflicting reports on the situation at Vicksburg; the latter one was the more accurate.
By this day, two corps of the Army of Northern Virginia - under James Longstreet and Richard Ewell - were camped around Culpeper, Virginia. J.E.B. Stuart was to the north of town, along the Rappahannock River, with his cavalry, guarding the Confederates against any surprise by Union forces.
The Richmond Times Dispatch printed a brief article on the abundant corn crop in Alabama and Georgia.
This week's edition of Harper's Weekly printed a map of the campaign against Vicksburg, MS.
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