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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 27, 1865

Soldier Wrote of the Death of his Brother

A Georgia soldier wrote to his uncle, telling him the sad news of the death of his brother in North Carolina.

“…I deeply regret to announce the death of Another beloved Brother in this cruel war. I enclose you the telegram. … It has been some time in reaching me in Consequence of the wares [telegraph wires] being down. I wrote Bessie immediately on Seeing the two reports both official, one reporting that he was Killed. & the other wounded hoping that the latter would prove the correct news in the end, but alas, it is not so. & the Sad and Severe stroke has fallen upon us again. I write you to get you to See poor Bessy and break the Sad, Sad, news to her. I have felt for her much in her anxiety and suspense, but more, far more, in her sad bereavement. May our Heavenly Father support her in this dark hour. …” Source: T.H. Galloway (ed.), Dear Old Roswell: Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, Georgia (Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 2003), p. 120.