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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 15, 1864

Soldier Wrote Father Describing Battle of Resaca

A Georgia soldier with the Confederate army at Resaca described his experiences to his father.

“…I last wrote when before Mill Creek Gap. Since then we have had stirring and noisy times. Last Wednesday we left Mill Creek Gap, reporting to General Cleburne. Our battalion moved at once towards this place by Dug Gap and Sugar Valley. We startled some Yankees but, before we could entrench our position, they fell back. Friday evening late, we reached Resaca in time to take position in our forming lines. We have been in hot and heavy [fighting] ever since. Friday evening we were moved around in range of [the] enemy’s shells and skirmish lines, and our battalion had several killed and a good many wounded. Our loss in horses disabled was heavy. Our battery has had four men wounded and three horses killed, all from my section. Friday night we took positions and entrenched. Saturday morning we run our guns forward by hand to the very front line in Loring’s division under heavy fire. …” Ever since we have been lying close in trenches, but in our front the fighting has not been general. The enemy has out a strong skirmish line and sharpshooters behind every tree and shelter. They shell us continually and to expose your head one second is to draw a dozen bullets. … Yesterday evening [the] enemy threw out a strong line, drew in our skirmishers and attempted under cover of night to assault our works. We fired a large building and lit up the field and opened [fire] on them with a dozen pieces of artillery, repulsing the attack. …We are certainly having a desperate struggle. …” 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. 292.