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In Their Own Words

June 19, 1864

Letter Told of Hardships of War

From Confederate ranks near Marietta, Bolton Thurmond wrote to his sweetheart Frances Porterfield:

“I have been in the rain day and night and been exposed and treated worse than any dumb brute ought to be, but I most consider it is in war time… .Frances, I have no good news to write. The fight is still going on. It gets worse every day. They fought very hard on our left yesterday, killed and wounded [a] great many of our men.The enemy loss is unknown. This war is a terrible one. It seems to me that [it] is carried on to slaughter up the poor class of people and get them out of the way. I don’t call it fights. I call it a perfect slaughter.”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. I I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 308.