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In Their Own Words

December 16, 1863

Account of Sons in Civil War

From Columbus, John Banks - who by 1864 would have seven sons fighting for the Confederacy - wrote about two of his sons in his journal:

“On the 25th November (ultimo) we had a verse at Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. Got badly whipped. Eugene was in it and thinks we ought to have handled the place but our men failed to sustain themselves as they did at Chickamauga. It has given us quite a backset and inspirited the enemy. Willis has not returned to his command. His physician advised him not to go back yet.”

Source: John Banks, Autobiography of John Banks, 1797 - 1870 (Austell, Ga.: privately printed by Elberta Leonard, 1936), p. 30.