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In Their Own Words

August 11, 1862

Civil War Soldier Wrote Home about Battle of Cedar Mountain

From Virginia, a Georgia soldier wrote home to his wife about the Battle of Cedar Mountain.

“…We fought another battle day before yesterday the 9th on a creek called Ceder Run. Thank God! I have no casualties to tell you of this time. Only two men of the regiment are wounded and they slightly. We drove them from the field and still occupy it; while the anemy are burying their dead. I have been siting and watching them all morning. … The country before me is a leavel plane and I can see just as far as the eye can reach. The scenery is as beautiful as any I have met with since I left the mountains. Culpepper C.H. is only about eight miles distant. It is my candid opinion that the battle will be resumed. The anemy I think will make a desperate stand. They have an overwhelming force, though they are crushed in spirit. I gather this from their prisoners. …”

Source: Randall Allen and Keith S. Bohannon (eds.), “Campaigning with ‘Old Stonewall’: Confederate Captain Ujanirtus Allen’s Letters to his Wife (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998), pp. 140-142.