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In Their Own Words

August 17, 1864

Civil War Soldier Told Of Skirmish, Wished for Safety for Family

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his father, telling him of a skirmish he had fought in, and wishing for safety for all their family.

“…I have not time now to write much. Grant is attempting a movement on north side of James [River] again. We won in a pretty heavy skirmish yesterday. My Regt has lost a number of wounded but none killed. We drove them back under cover of their gunboats. Every thing very quiet this morning, reports say Grant is moving away rapidly. We were on our way to Culpeper the other day, but recalled to protect Richmond. Expect we will move up in a few days towards the mountains. Give much love to dear Mother & all. May our lives be spared to meet in safety earnestly prays your aftc son…”

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. 97.