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In Their Own Words

May 08, 1863

Rumor of Death Unfounded

A Georgia Civil War soldier writing home to his mother assured her he was fine, despite some rumors of his death.

“…Knowing that you will be uneasy till you hear from me I will write to you for you will be sure to hear that I was killed in the fight last Sunday for it was currently reported here that I was. But I write this with my own hand to testify that I am yet in the Land of the Living and glory be to God for his care over me. We have had some awful times here for the last 10 days. We have been in line of battle all the time marching through the woods, muds, and swamps and some part of the army was fighting all the time. We have lost many a good solger during the time but the 3rd of May our Brigade got into it heels over head and our regiment lost more men than we ever have in arry fight yet. … During the fight we have defeated the enemy. … We have drove old Hooker and his blue coats back over the Dare Mark but thousands of them will never get back. … The Rappahannock River is the Dare Mark with General Lee. They can’t stay on this side. …”

Source: Elizabeth Whitley Roberson, In Care of Yellow River: The Complete Civil War Letters of Pvt. Eli Pinson Landers to His Mother (Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 1997), pp.122-123.