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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 07, 1864

Another Georgia Soldier Concerned about Family in Roswell

Another Georgia soldier (brother of the one who wrote the previous day) wrote to his family in Roswell, telling them of the situation in Petersburg, VA, and hoping they were safe at home. Obviously he had not heard about the mill burnings and deportation.

“…It is distressing to see & to know the amount of terrible suffering caused by this useless & wicked bombardment of a place which if burst to the ground would not bring the Yankees one inch nearer to the city or to Richmond. The whole city with the exception of a house here & there is entirely deserted & to walk the silent Streets the foot fall echoes drearily from the houses more or less riddled by the shell which every few minutes comes tearing & plunging through. … The citizens are camping in the suburbs & woods around the city old men women & children. I heard through a Major Johnston from Roswell up to the 27th of June at which time Roswell he said was safe. I am very anxious to hear…” Source: T.H. Galloway (ed.), Dear Old Roswell: Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, Georgia (Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 2003), p. 74.