In Their Own Words
June 13, 1861
Letter from Historic Spot in Virginia
A Georgia Civil War soldier writing home from Virginia told of being stationed at a historic place, one he and his company intended to defend well:
“…We are stationed in a very important place, and, were we to leave it, no doubt the enemy would land on this side in a short time and march to the city. This is the place where the British tried to land in 1812 but were driven back. Should they attempt to land in 1861, we will make some of them bite the earth. The recruits for my company arrived here on last Saturday, making my number one hundred and six, the largest company in the regiment. …”
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. 17.