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In Their Own Words

May 01, 1863

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Constant Vigilance

A Georgia soldier writing home to his wife from Suffolk, Virginia told her of their constant vigilance there.

“…No one may know what an hour will bring forth. I had written thus far yesterday, with no thought of disturbance such as came when orders came to form the Regiment. … In a few minutes we were marching again toward Gen. Law’s portion of the line, the extreme left. About midway the column was halted, with orders to support, until further orders, the Texas line of skirmishers, as well as our own. Late in the afternoon our Regiment was sent to relieve the Texans, who went over to Gen. Law’s support. The enemy was landing troops near the Battery (or old fort) I have written about, and it was to meet than [that] the Division concentrated near that point. Our line is very curious, and the position quite strong. About ten shots per minute are fired by the skirmishers. Protected by rifle pits, only a few men are killed. The enemy shells vigorously at intervals. …”

Source: Anita B. Sams (ed.), With Unabated Trust: Major Henry McDaniel’s Love Letters from Confederate Battlefields as Treasured in Hester McDaniel’s Bonnet Box (The Historical Society of Walton County, Inc., 1977), p. 153.