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In Their Own Words

October 26, 1862

Arduous Civil War Marches Recorded in Letter

A Georgia soldier writing home to his sister told of the arduous marches and battles he had been involved in in Kentucky and Tennessee, then described even more hardship after that.

“…Soon night came on and a terrible night it was. For it rained fast and froze. Everything was covered with sleet, but morning soon came. But the enemy did not come, but were trying to cut us off. But we marched to Camp Dick Robberson, where we found out that we were retreating from Kentucky. So we left the camp about dark. I cannot give any more particulars, for I am so cold that I can hardly hold my pen. …”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 195