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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 10, 1864

Georgian in Virginia Recorded Friendly Dealings with Yankees

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife, telling her of some friendly dealing with some Yankees, and his uncertainty of what would happen next.

“…The right wing of our skirmish line rests on the Appomattox River and my post is on the extreme right, so I am now sitting on the banks of the river writing. The Yankee skirmish line is a short distance from us in full view. By mutual agreement, we do not fire at each other, there being no use of it unless an advance is made. They are quite friendly with us. We meet them everyday nearly and exchange papers. Only one or two go at a time and they meet half way. We have traded with them some too, but that is against orders and it got to be so common that they have put very strict orders against it, and have about broken it up. But occasionally some of the boys run the blockade and trade with them yet. Our boys give them tobacco and cornbread for crackers and knives, soap, pockette books, &c. I gave one them the other day a plug of tobacco for a pockette knife and six crackers. It was old Jeff Davis tobacco that I drawed about a month ago and I was glad to dispose of it. … Of the future I can tell nothing more than you. We have been at it two months and over, and Old Grant still pecks away, but he is as far from having Richmond now as when he started. …” Source: Jeffrey C. Lowe and Sam Hodges (eds.), Letters to Amanda: The Civil War Letters of Marion Hill Fitzpatrick, Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998), pp.158-159.