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In Their Own Words

October 04, 1864

Georgia Soldier Proud of Work in Virginia, Worried about Home

A Georgia Civil War soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife, telling her of the recent battles there, and how he was proud of how their army had stopped everything the Union had thrown at them. He was worried about what Sherman might be doing at home in Georgia.

“…There is no fighting going on now. They fought last Thursday, Friday & Saturday. The Yanks still hold a small portion of our works on each wing, which it will be hard to recapture now and I do not think will be tried anymore. Our loss is said to be very light. The enemy’s loss is reported to be heavy. … The spirits of the army are reviving now, though they have never been at a low ebb. We have checked Grant in all his grand movements on Richmond[,] inflicted severe loss on him, and we have high hopes that with the aid of Forest in the rear that Hood will be enabled to drive Sherman from Ga. soil. I look for trouble from Sherman’s raids as it seems there is a large gap left open for him but I will hope for the best. …”

Source: Jeffrey C. Lowe and Sam Hodges (eds.), Letters to Amanda: The Civil War Letters of Marion Hill Fitzpatrick, Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998), pp.172-173.