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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 26, 1862

Georgia Soldier Described Meeting Northern Soldiers

A Georgia soldier wrote home to his mother, describing his encounter with some Northern soldiers under a flag of truce.

“… I soon had some three or four around me and was in a big argument defending our Confederacy. They treated me very gentlemanly and did not say anything insulting to me, but we often gave each other a cut about our national affairs… . I told them …that their Yankee papers bragged of sending South the numerous scrappings of the Yankee nation to overpower us and liberate and arm our Negroes. They, being Western men, said they were not Yankees and hated the name and liked us better than they did the Yankees. [They] said they believed in slavery and if their government passed the emancipation bill they would all go home. This last I believe, for all the other Western men said the same thing, saying they were fighting for the Union and not for the Negro. I then referred to the Declaration of Independence to show them it was wrong to try to make us submit to a government we did not wish to. This stumped them… .” 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. 126.