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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

June 11, 1863

Marching, Cavalry Encounter, Confrontation Coming

A Georgia soldier writing to his mother told her of their marching, mentioned the cavalry having a “rough time” (June 9, Battle of Brandy Station), and knew there was a confrontation coming.

“…We have had some tolerable hard marching here of late with considerable movement taking place in both armies. Since I wrote you nearly all our army is concentrated at this place. We have had no fighting here only the Cavalry had a very rough time day before yesterday but I suppose it was only a raid the Yankey cavalry made over this side of the river. They are all gone back. As for how near the Yankey forces is I cant tell but the two armies will meet before long at some point. …” 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.127.

The point where they would meet would be Gettysburg, Pennsylvania