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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 20, 1862

Letter Expressed Hope War Would Forever Settle Matters

A Georgia soldier in South Carolina wrote a letter home to his aunt, hoping the war would settle the questions between the North and South forever.

“…You may tell Uncle that when the war ends if I live I intend to come back to old Dahlonega and stay ‘till another war commences, which I hope may never be between the North and South. I want them to settle this question and settle it forever before they end it. If they have to sacrifice the lives of many of our best and most dear friends and countrymen, let them do it. It is better to die free man than live slaves and if man goes in with this determination we are bound to bring this war to a favorable determination. A great many of us would like to hear of peace and be at home with our friends. But it is impossible at the present time and under the present circumstances. …” 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), p. 116.