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In Their Own Words

June 04, 1864

Civil War Letter from near Marietta

From camp along the Western & Atlantic Railroad near Ackworth, Maj. Fredrick Winkler of the 26th Wisconsin Infantry wrote his wife:

“… We are now about nine miles from Marietta; our corps came here about noon yesterday and skirmishers met the enemy and, according to information received, the enemy was in our front in great force. We took position and entrenched ourselves. This morning other corps Joined us and the danger, if there was any, is now past. I was officer of the day yesterday, and was at work from four A.M. until after dark in one of those heavy showers which we have had daily this month, and was drenched to the skin. The second part of the campaign against Atlanta seems now to be concluded; that is, the enemy has been driven by maneuver, rather than by dint of fighting, from his second defensive position in the mountains. Our army, augmented by a large force of the 17th Corps under Frank Blair, is now concentrated on both sides of the railroad, between Acworth and Marietta, and to-morrow a forward movement against the enemy’s third position – which it is supposed will be the south bank of the Chattahoochee River, covering Atlanta – will be commenced. We have orders to be ready to march at daylight tomorrow… . “

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