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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 20, 1863

Soldier Wrote of Preparing to Move

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote a hurried note to his wife as he prepared to move from Fredericksburg to Richmond.

“…we have got order to move we are sending of our baggage this morning. we will march to richmond an from there I do not know where we will go but when we stop I will write to you again. a great many think we will go to Georgia but we do not know. this place Frederickburg is a nice place it is the second in size in the State. Richmond is the Largest an this town is the next Largest. it is badly torn up with Shells an Balls from the great Battle that was fought here…” Source: Katherine S. Holland (ed.), Keep All My Letters: The Civil War Letters of Richard Henry Brooks, 51st Georgia Infantry (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), p. 73.