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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 29, 1865

Soldier Added Hurried Postscript to Earlier Letter

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote a hurried postscript to a letter he had written the previous day.

“…I will drop you a few more lines this evening. Major Gibson’s boy Watt will start in the morning. I failed to say to you that our forces did not hold the works above Petersburg and (our) pickette line here. … I am trying to write (with) a sorry pen (sitting) on the ground and don’t (know) if you can read it. … Source: Jeffrey C. Lowe and Sam Hodges (eds.), Letters to Amanda: The Civil War Letters of Marion Hill Fitzpatrick, Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998), p. 208.