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In Their Own Words

June 28, 1863

Soldier Hoped Invasion of North Would Bring End to Civil War

A Georgia soldier writing home to his father from Pennsylvania told him of the success of their march to that point, and his fervent hope that this would be the closing scene of the war.

“…Since our arrival we have taken considerable amount if quartermaster and commissary stores, also great many horses and a large amount of cattle. I never in all my life saw people half so frightened. They seem to think our chief object is to steal, burn houses, destroy and kill everything north of the Potomac. But I am proud to say they are very agreeabl[y] disappointed. Our generals are very strict. They don’t allow any straggling whatever and for that reason (and only that) do they succeed in preventing it [looting] to a certain extent. Our troops are in fine spirits. All seem to be perfectly confident of success and great many think they are now experiencing the closing scene of this war. God grant that it may be so. I never was tired of anything in all my life, as I am of military service. …”

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. 246.