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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 23, 1863

Soldier Wrote of Controversy between Officers

A Georgia soldier writing to his wife from Suffolk told her of some controversy between officers over the events there.

“… I gave you a hint of trouble brewing in the Division and intimated that Capt. Nunnally would probably demand a Court of Enquiry. His friends concurring in the propriety of that course, he accordingly made the demand. We have not heard yet whether Gen. Longstreet has ordered the Court or not. Gen. Hood has made considerable effort to appease the excitement in the Brigade, going to the Field Officers and making explanations. He now says he removed the Brigade from its position near the river because Gen. Anderson had not managed well, had neglected to execute orders. He says that he makes no charge of want of courage against Capt. Nunally or his men, but that he lost a most brilliant opportunity of distinguishing himself. I reiterate my former opinion that Gen. Hood has unjustly blamed Nunnally. I am satisfied that Gen. Hood now blames Gen. Anderson much more than Mat, and justly, too. We intend to stand by Mat in the Court of Enquiry. …” Source: Anita B. Sams (ed.), With Unabated Trust: Major Henry McDaniel’s Love Letters from Confederate Battlefields as Treasured in Hester McDaniel’s Bonnet Box (The Historical Society of Walton County, Inc., 1977), p. 153.