Calendar
Jan January
Feb February
Mar March
Apr April
May May
Jun June
Jul July
Aug August
Sep September
Oct October
Nov November
Dec December

In Their Own Words

October 15, 1862

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Antietam, Stuart’s Return

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote to a friend, telling him of his regiment’s role at Antietam; he also mentioned the return of General J. E. B. Stuart, though he misspelled his name.

“…You seem to be anxious to be in a fight. I would have been pleased to have had you along in the Sharpsburg afair. Our little band played such a conspicuous part thare. … If you could have seen the 13th Georgia Reg runing like the hounds of h___l were after it while the 21st stood like men and broke the anemy’s line you would have thought that the whole regiment was ‘shocked by a shell’ and anticipated another shock. … I would not be much surprised if we made another trip into Maryland or Penn. Gen Steward, I understand has just returned from there having captured about seven hundred prisoners and about a thousand fine horses. …”

Source: Randall Allen and Keith S. Bohannon (eds.), “Campaigning with ‘Old Stonewall’: Confederate Captain Ujanirtus Allen’s Letters to his Wife (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998), p. 175.