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In Their Own Words

October 19, 1863

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Cousin’s Death, Battle Prospects, Weather

A Georgia soldier near Chattanooga wrote to his sister, mentioning the death of their cousin, the battle prospects, and the weather.

“…I am very sorry to here of the death of our cousin. I was in hopes that I would git to see him as I was only waitin to learne what regment he was in, as I had forgoten. … Ther is no prospect of a fight here at present. There can’t be more than one fight, if any, before next spring. The rains have alredy put the roads in bad order. …”

Source: Hugh McKee (ed.), The McKee Letters 1859-1880. Second Edition. (Milledgeville, Boyd Publishing Company, 2001), pp.131-132.