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In Their Own Words

June 05, 1862

Civil War Soldier Wrote Home on Battle of Seven Pines

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his father telling him of his company’s part in the Battle of Seven Pines.

“…On Sunday we got on the battlefield just after Casey’s (Federal) division was driven from its quarters. Our men made the most brilliant charge of the war. The ground across which it was made was a marsh almost impassable. The water and mud were almost waist deep. The enemy had fastened poles beneath the water about the height of the knees to trip them up, and a very strong battery swept the open field. Our men charged across the marsh and obstructions upon the battery, in spite of a murderous fire from muskets and a storm of grape shot. They drove the enemy from their guns and the first line of rifle pits, from which a terrific fire was kept up by the enemy upon our men. …”

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. 130.