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In Their Own Words

July 17, 1862

Letter Told of Few Yankees, Illness, Escaping Slaves

A Georgia soldier in South Carolina wrote to his wife that there were few Yankees around where he was, but there was plenty of illness, and some slaves had used the war as an opportunity to escape.

“…I think the yankeys have taken fright at James Island there is not any yankey on it now. nearly all the yankey Boats have Left here. I can see three gun Boats yet there is but few men on them. I think they have all gone further north to fight this summer. it is thought that our Regiment will soon be sent to virginia or Tennessee. I do not Like to do there it is to far from home. … the health of the company is not so very good at this time. There is a good many sick ones here. James Bramlets Negro man an four others Left here yesterday an has gone to the yankeys. …”

Source: Katherine S. Holland (ed.), Keep All My Letters: The Civil War Letters of Richard Henry Brooks, 51st Georgia Infantry (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), pp. 33-34.