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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 02, 1864

Soldier Wrote of Hard Fighting in Georgia, Missing Family

A Georgia soldier among those pulling back from Marietta wrote home to his wife, telling her of his unpleasant experiences in the recent battles, and his wish to be home with her.

“My dear Mat, there has been some hard fighting since I wrote you before. We was marched down the railroad on the 21st and the 22nd we charged the Yankees. We lost a great many men. The Yankees drove us back. It was badly managed… . “My dear Mat. I felt awful as the missiles of death was flying in every direction and see men falling on every hand… .My dear Mat, I was as near exhausted as ever I was in my life. I did not go as far as some of the boys, as I give completely out from heat and fell down and laid ‘till they started back and then I hobbled up the best I could. I had to throw away my knapsack and everything in it, so I have no clothes, only what I have on and they are very dirty. But I would have throwed them away if I had have had to have went naked ‘till Christmas rather than been captured, though I reckon I can draw some [more clothes] soon… . Mat, enough about that. I do hope this will reach you and find you and the dear children all well. Mat, tell the children that I remember them and that they must be good children and try to live right. My dear Mat, if I could just get to look on your face one more time [and] of the children, it would be a great satisfaction. But it can’t be so. But, my dear Mat, I have hope as long as I am spared. …” Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press), pp. 308-309.