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In Their Own Words

May 14, 1864

Georgia Civil War Soldier Wrote from Resaca

A Georgia soldier in the army at Resaca wrote to his parents, telling them of his experiences and his hopes.

“…There has been a continual roar of cannon and small arms at this place for two days. … The Yanks are shelling Calhoun today, and it may be we will have to fall back still [further]. I think it will be a close race between us and the Yanks to Atlanta. I think surely this fight will be the last hard fight we will have. I believe that our folks will have to give some proposals of peace before long, if we don’t whip this fight. I do hope and pray with all my heart that the time is close by for these troublesome times to close, when the wearied soldiers shall all be blessed with the privilege of returning home to spend the balance of their days with their kindred and friends, never to be called on to serve in as cruel as war as this…”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 292.