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In Their Own Words

July 25, 1864

Georgia Civil War Soldier Bitter at Destruction in Roswell

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote to his mother in Roswell, desperate to hear how the family was doing, and bitterly vengeful towards the Yankees who had desolated Roswell.

“…I am getting very uneasy & exceeding anxious to hear how and when Father, Yourself, Harris & all of Roswell are. Major Minturn tells me he hears regularly from his wife. It was through her we have heard of the destruction of our little village. The factory & every home in the place being burnt. It is impossible for me to realize it, and I want to hear all about it from some of the family. … Oh how fiercely I could drive the scandals from my home that their presence might no longer pollute my native state. In all my engagements with the enemy when I come in sight of their blue yankee uniforms a feeling more like that of a fiend than human takes possession of me and I only feel an intense desire to kill, to strike to the earth all that come in my reach. … I rejoice that Johnston has been superceded by Hood. We have heard of the fighting there & are anxiously looking for further news. Atlanta, I expect, is now safe & I pray God we may have such audictory then as will have to an early termination or cessation of hostilities but what will Father and yourself do for a home. Dear old Roswell I am afraid we will never meet in a home there again. Oh what a war, a cruel war, & how little the yankees feel it. …”

Source: T.H. Galloway (ed.), Dear Old Roswell: Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, Georgia (Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 2003), pp. 80-81.