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In Their Own Words

August 15, 1864

Toombs Letter to Wife from Atlanta

Robert Toombs wrote a letter to his wife Julia from Atlanta, describing the difficulties of camp life in the city, and the mixture of soldiers they were trying to get ready to fight.

“…I had almost lost the run of my affairs at home under the excitements of The camp. The Terrible truth of [unclear text: enjoying] under the worst of circumstances we are getting through the most of our difficulties & getting The men in condition to fight, it will be Their fault if they do not fight, we have a mixed [unclear text: and] a large number of Earnest, brave, true men, then all the [unclear text: shirkers] & skulkers in Georgia trying to get from under bullets, they worry me out of my life, by learning when to let them off, & Since I began This letter I have almost driven from my presence two of them which are cowardly knaves…”

Source: Hargrett Library, University of Georgia and Digital Library of Georgia