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In Their Own Words

May 29, 1864

Civil War Soldier Expressed Confidence in One Army, Not in Another

A Georgia soldier in Virginia expressed confidence in the army there, but not so much for the army in Georgia.

“…You will see that our army is now near Richmond and no doubt here is where the great battle of the war will be fought, and whatever the country or people think, I know not but I can speak for the army. We feel perfectly confident of success. We have whipped them every time we have fought for the last month and with the blessing of God we can do it again. … I am somewhat uneasy about our army under General Johnston at Atlanta, still hope he will give a good account of himself. … Oh, how I long for rest and for the presence of my dearest Molly. I trust in God that if I never get to see my own dear wife that we will meet in heaven where parting and wars are no more…”

Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), pp. 262-263.