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In Their Own Words

July 06, 1864

Georgia Soldier Concerned about Family in Roswell

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote to his family back in Roswell, concerned about their welfare with the Union army in town.

“…We have all written you repeatedly about the Yankees here & their conduct - I pray daily I may never be with them again - Oh! it was horrible past all descriptions! Dear Mother it is so hard on you & father, to be driven away from your sweet home, & to leave it all the dear old church, the graves of your loved children, & all that is so hard & grievous- We have heard nothing later than 31st of May from you- & have been very much worried by a rumor, that the factory has been burned…”

Source: T.H. Galloway (ed.), Dear Old Roswell: Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, Georgia (Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 2003), p. 72.