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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 31, 1863

Letter Expressed Little Confidence in Bragg

A Georgia soldier writing home to a friend told her what he knew of her family in the war, then suggested they be prepared for a Yankee invasion; he clearly had little faith in Confederate General Braxton Bragg.

“…Virgil came out safe in the raid in Yankee land. John did not. He was shot three times - first through the thigh, next in the nee and then in the hand. He never left the field until he was shot in the hand and then he walked back to the hospital by himself and fell into the hands of the Union soldiers. I do hope he will be exchanged soon and get to come home. … you said it would do for a joke to say we were expecting the Yankees up this part of Geo. …There is two Brigades of Bragg’s Army in Atlanta now and they are fortifying between there and the Chattahoochee River, which looks like falling back to me. I don’t know why he has done that if he did not intend useing them. … Have that canon mounted and manned to kill Yankees with. Old Bragg will need it…” Source: Hugh McKee (ed.), The McKee Letters 1859-1880. Second Edition. (Milledgeville, Boyd Publishing Company, 2001), pp. 120-121.