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In Their Own Words

June 20, 1864

Rain Delayed Sherman

In his letter to his wife back in Wisconsin, Maj. Fredrick Winkler wrote of heavy rains continuing to slow Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign:

“Yesterday the rain was perfectly furious, and we marched and skirmished all day. We are now in position west of Marietta facing east. I lost one man and had five wounded yesterday; one of my captains got a bullet through his haversack. We did not get into camp until eleven o’clock last night, and it seemed as if we might remain quiet to-day.”

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