In Their Own Words
November 11, 1864
Different Kind of Skirmish Related in Civil War Letter
A Georgia soldier in Virginia again wrote home to his wife, telling her of a different kind of skirmish.
“…The weather has faired off clear and present. The boys overall are busy as bees now preparing their winter quarters. The skirmish fighting I wrote of yesterday amounted to nothing. They have a frolic occasionally just to keep up the times they say. They are protected so well with works on both sides that it is a rare thing that anybody is hurt. They have portholes to shoot through and unless a ball happens to hit in the hole where some fellow is shooting, it does no harm. … our boys and the yanks quit shooting the other day and commenced throwing rocks and clods of dirt at each other and had a regular fight of it that way for some time. By this you can give some idea how near each other they are. In some place, they probably are in ten paces of each other and but short distance from the main line at that. They have a deep ditch to go in to the picket posts and a long ditch out when it is necessary to go in and out from the main line. …”
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), p. 185.