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In Their Own Words

September 08, 1863

Civil War Soldier Bemoaned Lack of Firepower

A Georgia soldier had written his wife the previous day on the harshness of the Northern bombardments of fortifications around Charleston; on this day he lamented that they had so little with which to fight back.

“…Oh! that we had guns suitable to defend the harbor. It is a lamentable fact, Eva, to note the many disadvantages under which we labor. Our men fight like Trojans and, as a general rule, accomplish all that heroes can do. But, darling, we have not the cannon of range and calibre sufficient successfully to cope with the powerful ordnance which they bring against us. The consequence is that we fight always under a shadow. …”

Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 267.