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In Their Own Words

September 07, 1863

Civil War Soldier Wrote from Virginia, Concerned about War Coming to Georgia

A Georgia soldier writing to his wife from Virginia told of being in good health and in a nice place, though with the threat of battle always there. He also worried about what might be happening closer to home.

“…This calm peaceful morning I seat myself for the purpose of addressing you a few lines. I am thankful to say that I am enjoying good health of body and mind, in fact my health of either was never better. We are still encamped in the beautiful grove where we have nothing to mar our peace, no prospect of a fight here soon, everything perfectly quiet but I fear that is only the calm that preceded the storm. I fear we will not be allowed to enjoy our repose much longer. … I have no war news here, all eyes are now turned to Charleston and to Bragg’s army in Tennessee. I think from what I see that a great battle will be fought near Chattanooga and if we are defeated there, [we will] in Georgia, but I have confidence in the justness of our cause and the strength of God’s arm. …”

Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), p. 208.