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In Their Own Words

November 10, 1864

Georgia Soldier Had Little Respect for Yankees after Election

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife with news of a brief skirmish, a comment on election day, and the fact he still had little respect for Yankee fighting men.

“…There has been some more heavy skirmish fighting in front of Petersburg, the result of which I have not learned yet. They pitched in last night hot and heavy for about thirty minutes. Day before yesterday was the great election day. The Yanks got all drunk that day and hooped and _____ around to a great extent. Our lines are so near in some places that our boys can smell the whiskey and generally tell when a fight is going to take place by their getting whiskey. I think it time for them to quit when they have to make their men drunk to get them to fight and this has been the case during this campaign. …”

Source: Jeffrey C. Lowe and Sam Hodges (eds.), Letters to Amanda: The Civil War Letters of Marion Hill Fitzpatrick, Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998), pp.183-184.