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In Their Own Words

June 06, 1863

Near Miss with Yankee Patrol

A Georgia Civil War soldier writing to his wife from Tennessee told her of a near-miss encounter with some Yankees, and his less than stellar opinion of them.

“…One night last week about 7 o’clock at night, news came to use that about 300 Yankees and ‘bushwhackers’ were assembled about a quarter of a mile from here to attack us and in fact were then coming and would be upon us before we could get our guns. So I aroused my men, got them under arms and rallied around the Army stores to protect them and was then joined by Captain Miller and Tiger Zouaves, who had lately arrived here to assist in guarding the stores. We formed a line of battle and sent out scouts to find the enemy. But after scouting the woods until nearly day and not finding anyone, we retired, supposing the enemy, after finding us prepared, retreated, as they have a great dislike to an open fight. …”

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. 242.