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In Their Own Words

October 13, 1864

Union Soldier in Georgia Reported False Rumors

Col. Fredrick Winkler of the 26th Wisconsin Infantry wrote his wife from Atlanta:

“The railroad is to be in running order to-morrow, but the rebel army still seems to be hovering in its vicinity. It is rumored that there was fighting at Rome yesterday. It has taken two days to get a despatch from Atlanta, stating that it had been signaled from Kenesaw that Richmond was taken. If it were true, would not General Sherman have it officially from Grant himself? and would he not then tell us that it is so? The thing is false; I fear it had its origin in a base trick to influence the state elections.”

Source: Civil War Letters of Major Fredrick C. Winkler, in 26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers Home Page