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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

June 21, 1864

Union Soldier Again Wrote of Excessive Rain in Georgia

A Wisconsin solder in Georgia again wrote to his wife, describing the unusual amount of rain the army was encountering - helping to temporarily stall the Atlanta Campaign. It would begin again soon.

“We were started under arms about five P.M. yesterday, to go out in support of our 1st Division on a reconnaissance to our right. It rained hard. We formed right outside of our breastworks and there halted and waited until after dark and then went back to camp. It is still raining to-day. Since the first of June, we have had just three days that it did not rain; every brook is a river and the roads are terrible if we did not have the railroad, we would have to go back or starve.” Source: Civil War Letters of Major Fredrick C. Winkler, in 26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers Home Page