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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 11, 1864

Soldier Wrote Home after Furlough

A Georgia soldier serving with Longstreet’s corps, then in Tennessee, wrote home to his wife; he had just returned from a furlough.

“…Arrived…last Tuesday, eight days on the way and all right, safe and sound, found my command where I left it under orders to march on the next morning which accounts for my not writing the day after my arrival. We were two days march [to] here. I [am] now twenty miles from Knoxville, the cars run now in ten or twelve miles of Knoxville to Strawberry Plains. General Bryan has arrived, everything moving on as usual, no fighting here now of importance. …” Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), pp. 238-239.