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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 29, 1864

Sick Soldier Confidently Prepared for Big Fight

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his mother, telling her of being sick, but still hoping to get back for a “big fight” - which he was confident they would win.

“…I know you must have been very uneasy about me, for this has been a terrible campaign scarcely a day without a hard fight or heavy skirmishing. My health has been excellent through it all until Thursday last a half hour after I had written to Bessie telling her how well I was I was suddenly attacked with Dysentery & sent yesterday to the Hospital in this place where I am now writing you. I am better to day & dont think there is any danger having no fever. … I don’t think there will be much fighting before the last of this week when I hope to be in at the big fight. As far as human eyes can see or knowledge extend Grant will be the worse whipped Gen that has ever tried to take Richmond. …” Source: T.H. Galloway (ed.), Dear Old Roswell: Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, Georgia (Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 2003), pp. 64-65.

Another Georgia soldier in Virginia also expressed confidence in the army there, but not so much for the army in Georgia.

“…You will see that our army is now near Richmond and no doubt here is where the great battle of the war will be fought, and whatever the country or people think, I know not but I can speak for the army. We feel perfectly confident of success. We have whipped them every time we have fought for the last month and with the blessing of God we can do it again. … I am somewhat uneasy about our army under General Johnston at Atlanta, still hope he will give a good account of himself. … Oh, how I long for rest and for the presence of my dearest Molly. I trust in God that if I never get to see my own dear wife that we will meet in heaven where parting and wars are no more…” Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), pp. 262-263.