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In Their Own Words

November 25, 1862

Soldier Wrote from Fredericksburg, Expecting Battle

A Georgia soldier wrote home to his wife from Fredericksburg; it was clear a battle was forthcoming.

“…We are camping within a mile of Fredericksburg, preparing for a fight. The Yankees are on one side of the river about half as wide as our river. And we can see them plain and speak to them. But we are not allowed to fire on them, or they are not allowed. We are in the city. They gave notice to women and children to leave, as they was going to shell the city if we did not surrender it to them. But I believe up to writing they have altered their mind. But the city is deserted. The women has left it. …”

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.