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In Their Own Words

February 09, 1865

Letter Described Shortages and Yankee Desecration

A Georgia woman in Roswell wrote to her brother, then stationed in South Carolina, with tales from home - trouble from a rumor monger, shortages, and of course her missing him. She also mentioned Yankees desecrating their brother’s grave.

“…McCall has told more lies on you than you could shake a stick at. When they come to me with little I say ‘go away with it, I don’t want to hear it,’ and wont listen to it for its too contemptible - McCall says however that you cursed and swore (!). & said you were going to Augusta to have one big fight, & came back here, & have 3 or 4. and thrash out all the Rogues…The country people are coming in constantly, & begging for weaving sewing of any thing to get yarn for work - eggs & butter in plenty, but no Lord chickens or bacon. … I am so homesick & tired of your absence and all that I feel ready to halt - I wont as this, but truly I feel like it - & it would so me so much good, if you would come & let me have a good cry! I am so weary of having you away - & if it were not for your honor & duty in the matter, I would give out. … I went to our dear Bros grave, & its so still & sad & sweet there, two pine trees have fallen across the enclosure, & the precious earth will now be protected from the desecration of the enemy - dont tell it but the Yankees rode all round & round it, and made their horses paw it! Dont mention it, for I dont wont Evan or Mother or dear sister Marie to hear it- They also burst open G. Fathers vault - & examined all inside! & these are the people Georgians want to go back to! …”

Source: T.H. Galloway (ed.), Dear Old Roswell: Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, Georgia (Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 2003), pp. 99-101.