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In Their Own Words

November 24, 1863

Newly Arrived Civil War Soldier Wrote of Chickamauga

A Georgia soldier wrote to his mother in the aftermath of the Battle of Chickamauga; he had been among the group recently arrived from Virginia.

“…I will write you a few lines which will inform you that I am well this morning. There has been some very hard fighting since our Va army has arrived here but our Brigade has not been in no fight yet more than skirmishing. Our troops has been very successful so far. We have drove the enemy some 8 or 10 miles and cleared then off of Georgia soil killing a great many of them and taking many prisoners…I think the Western boys is all right. They are not as bad whipped as we heard they was. They all seem in good spirits. The Yankeys has fell back to Chattanooga to their entrenchments. …”

Source: Elizabeth Whitley Roberson, In Care of Yellow River: The Complete Civil War Letters of Pvt. Eli Pinson Landers to His Mother (Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 1997), p.138.