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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 12, 1863

Yankees Fled; Stonewall Dead

A Georgia soldier writing home to his family gave a colorful description of what he saw and heard at the Battle of Chancellorsville, along with the sad news concerning Stonewall Jackson.

“…We have had another large fight hear. We got in it the 1st day of May, and when we started the woods was very think and we went slow til we got in sight of the Yankays.. Our Cornel give his command as follows for words: ‘The damned sons of bitches is running like hel.’ We raised the hoop and started. We pored it to them as they went through a field. … Ther is no doubt but what Stonewall is ded. …” Source: Hugh McKee (ed.), The McKee Letters 1859-1880. Second Edition. (Milledgeville, Boyd Publishing Company, 2001), pp. 112-113.