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In Their Own Words

May 11, 1864

Wisconsin Soldier Wrote from Georgia

From Snake Creek Gap, northwest of Reseca (see map), Major Fredrick Winkler of the 26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry wrote to his wife:

“Now Wednesday afternoon. It rains slightly; I am under a shelter tent, sitting on the ground, and will use this cigar box for my writing desk. A victory of General Grant over Lee on the very field of Chancellorsville has been finally communicated to the army and causes universal rejoicing. To the order announcing it, General Sherman adds “Let us do the same.” This morning we started at daylight and marched towards the south to Snake Creek Gap, which leads to the south of Dalton. It seems that the rebels did not occupy this Gap. General Mc Pherson has passed through it with his army, the 15th and 16th Corps. We are on the way through and apparently other troops will follow, thus bringing a large portion of the army to the south of Dalton, in the rear of the enemy’s position and on his lines of communication. We were halted in the Gap, and the whole division is hard at work making a road, or at least in proving it with double wagon tracks and a sidetrack for infantry. Something highly Important may be looked for In these parts. Concentration of forces, about which so many have theorized, has been most admirably put into practice by General Grant.”

Source: Civil War Letters of Major Fredrick C. Winkler, in 26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers Home Page