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In Their Own Words

April 30, 1863

Civil War Soldier in Line of Battle

A Georgia soldier stationed in Virginia wrote his wife that he was under some serious circumstances on this day.

“…I seat myself to drop you a few lines under rather gloomy circumstances. We are now in line of battle near the same place we fought the last Fredericksburg fight, and know not what moment the same dreadful scenes may be reenacted. I am in fine health and in as good spirits as a man well could be with the surrounding prospects. We moved our Camps on Tuesday, and Wednesday morning which was yesterday morning. We were surprised by receiving orders to be ready to march at a minutes warning. A few minutes afterwards we received orders to fall in. We marched here and formed a line of battle and have been here since. …”

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), p. 66.