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In Their Own Words

October 11, 1863

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Bombardment at Chattanooga

A Georgia soldier near Chattanooga wrote his wife about the bombardment going on there, and his fear of a major battle erupting (which would not actually happen for two more months).

“…My Dear we are hear in line of Battle at the time expecting a battle every day an the cannons is firing every day an the bomb shells is passing an bursting about every day they have bin at it this morning but they do but little damage as yet. I hope we will never have this battle to fight for if we do we will lose several thousand good men. …”

Source: Katherine S. Holland (ed.), Keep All My Letters: The Civil War Letters of Richard Henry Brooks, 51st Georgia Infantry (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), p. 108.