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In Their Own Words

August 28, 1864

Brief Skirmish Recorded

Despite Sherman’s siege of Atlanta, Confederates were not always in a defensive mode, as Col. Fredrick Winkler of the 26th Wisconsin Infantry wrote to his wife:

“Quite early yesterday morning, squads of rebels appeared near our picket line, and patrols I sent out soon discovered a considerable force. About noon today they drove in a portion of our pickets, and at the same time opened upon our lines with two pieces of artillery. It was a reconnaissance, and when they found us posted here with infantry and artillery, they withdrew. We have a very nice place here now - a shady grove - and it would not be bad if we were to stay for a time. Our corps is in detachments at different points on the river, guarding our communications, while the rest of the army has gone on a big raid I suppose. General Locum has come and taken command of our corps. lie was here yesterday, just as the fight commenced, and stayed until it was over. In personal appearance and manner, he is very prepossessing… .”

Source: Civil War Letters of Major Fredrick C. Winkler, in 26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers Home Page