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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 05, 1863

Chancellorsville Letter: “Victory is Complete”

Another Georgia soldier wrote to his wife about the Battle of Chancellorsville.

“…we have had some of the hardest fighting ever seen but, thank God, the victory is complete. We have knocked both the harness off and Hooker drove his army across the river in perfect confusion and disgrace. Oh, the dead and wounded Yankees! It is true we have lost a great many men, but nothing like them. Our brigade covered itself with glory. They whipped a whole corps of Yankees… 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. 227.