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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 27, 1863

Political Meeting Not Taken Seriously

A Georgia soldier wrote to his wife about attending a political meeting; he did not take it very seriously.

“…This Brigade held a political meeting day before yesterday, I attended it. The Brigade was but partially represented and the whole concern proved to be a mere farce, at least in my opinion. The proceedings will be published in the Ga. papers and you probably will see them. They passed a set of preamble and resolutions which were very good, and which raked Joe Brown pretty deep. Capt. Wallace offered a resolution opposing reconstruction forever, a heated discussion arose from it. The majority thought it was treating the idea of reconstruction with too much dignity, and it was voted out. Col. Grice proposed Gen. Colquitt as a candidate for Gov. of Ga. and it was voted down, and they broke up with a row, and a big laugh. I think the election should be left with the people at home as the soldiers mind is not in the proper condition to attend to such things. …” 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), pp. 65-66.