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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 29, 1865

Officer Wrote Wife of Slain Georgia Soldier

A fellow officer of a Georgia soldier who had been killed in North Carolina wrote to his wife with the particulars of his death.

“…I thought My duty as the friend & bother officer of your deceased husband to write you, giving the particulars of his death. Col. King Returned to the Comman from the Hospital at Charlotte, N.C. (where he had been for a few days with slight illness) on the 9th inst. on the morning of the 10th our brigade was ordered to charge the camp of the Yankee Genl Kilpatrick, The Cobb Legion under Col King led the charge which was entirely Successful until the enemy rallied & the Cobb Legion again charged the Yankee Battery in which charge the Col Recd a mortal wound while most gallantly leading his men in the fight. when I first met him he was speachless therefore, I did not hear his last words. I learned from those who were very near him at the time that his last Remark was, (Say to My wife I die willingly defending My country). I trust Madam that you will accept My Sincere Sympathy in your great very great bereavement. You have lost a Kind good husband, I a true & tried friend, and our common country a staunch & noble patriot. … I trust Madam that you May have the fortitude to bear your loss as becomes the wife of So brave & noble a man, Again I tender you My heart felt Sympathies…” Source: T.H. Galloway (ed.), Dear Old Roswell: Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, Georgia (Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 2003), pp. 121-122.