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In Their Own Words

November 16, 1863

Father Wrote Son about Death of Brother, with Civil War Commentary

The father of a Georgia soldier wrote his son in Virginia; he was sad, but accepting, of the death of another son. He also commented on the war itself - both from a personal viewpoint and with some comments on some generals.

“…thankful to learn that you continue well, & have escaped thus far in the war - the death of your brother T.E. King was a sad blow to me, but he fell on a noble cause: done with the trials of this life, & now happy forever in heaven. God above knows what will be the result of this unnatural war - we have justice on our side, but deserve sever chastisement for our sins as a nation: May we all repent of short comings on duty, and look to God for his blessings - otherwise everything dark and gloomy. Rather than submit to Yankee rule - trust the Confederacy will resist to the last: better loose everything, than our liberty. … There is no telling what Genl Bragg is after - it is said that Longstreet has gone [illegible] East Tennessee to drive out Barnsides, & get supplies for the army should Bragg fall back, this portion of our state would be overran by Vandalls, & they would destroy every thing - we hope for the best. …”

Source: T.H. Galloway (ed.), Dear Old Roswell: Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, Georgia (Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 2003), pp. 48-50.