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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

June 14, 1864

Soldier Wrote Mother about Being Wounded

An Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote his mother, telling her of being wounded.

“…I am as you will see at Staunton receiving a slight wound on last Saturday in our big cavalry fight at Trevillian an account of which you have probably seen in the papers. I recd the wound during a charge from some of the blue rascals who had dismounted in the woods on the left of the road down which we were pursuing the running cowards as fast as our horses could go. As we passed, these fellows dismounted on the left of the road, they fired a volley into us and a ball grazed my right shoulder making a sore little wound a half inch wide & two inches long. … I cant write any more now my darling Mother as it is my right shoulder & I feel badly having had headache all day. …” 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. 68-69.