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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 16, 1863

Soldier Expressed Hopes and Concerns for New Year

A Georgia soldier writing home to his family expressed his hopes, and worries, for the new year.

“…Another New Year is upon us, beautiful and pleasant but by no means peaceful in America. From the Gulf to the Potomac is heard the booming roar of artillery and the clangor of arms in driving the invader from the soil of the South. From present indications, I think ‘ere the year 1864 shall dawn upon us we will at least see the beginning of the end of this unholy war, waged as it is by an enemy worse than vandals. …” 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), pp. 212-214.