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In Their Own Words

May 29, 1864

Sick Civil War Soldier Confidently Prepared for Big Fight

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his mother, telling her of being sick, but still hoping to get back for a “big fight” - which he was confident they would win.

“…I know you must have been very uneasy about me, for this has been a terrible campaign scarcely a day without a hard fight or heavy skirmishing. My health has been excellent through it all until Thursday last a half hour after I had written to Bessie telling her how well I was I was suddenly attacked with Dysentery & sent yesterday to the Hospital in this place where I am now writing you. I am better to day & dont think there is any danger having no fever. … I don’t think there will be much fighting before the last of this week when I hope to be in at the big fight. As far as human eyes can see or knowledge extend Grant will be the worse whipped Gen that has ever tried to take Richmond. …”

Source: T.H. Galloway (ed.), Dear Old Roswell: Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, Georgia (Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 2003), pp. 64-65.