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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 17, 1863

Reassurance from Chancellorsville

A Georgia soldier wrote home to his mother to reassure her that he came through the Battle of Chancellorsville safely.

“…I hope you have heard from me by this time the good news that I come through safe. I am under Ten Thousand renewed obligations to be thankful for my past fortune. What remains of the future none of us is able to tell. It is useless for me to go on and tell all about the fight for if you read my last letter you can get a small idea of the affairs. It is over with now. The enemy was badly whipped and panic stricken but it was done with great slaughter on both sides. …” Source: Elizabeth Whitley Roberson, In Care of Yellow River: The Complete Civil War Letters of Pvt. Eli Pinson Landers to His Mother (Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 1997), p.124.