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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 10, 1863

Mud and Torn Shoes at Chancellorsville

A Georgia soldier wrote home to his wife in the aftermath of the Battle of Chancellorsville.

“…After nine days hard marching and fighting in rain and mud, bomb shells and blood, we have driven the enemy in confusion back across the river and to my surprise have returned back to our old camp in good health, though very tired and nearly broken down. I was in mud often knee deep. Tore my shoes all to pieces and had to pick up some old shoes by the roadside. I suffered very much. Nobody can tell, only the poor soldiers, what it is to march all day and night in bad weather. … We lost a heap of good men, but we can’t expect to fight and whip the Yankees without some of us being killed. …” 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), pp. 234-235.