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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

June 15, 1864

Soldier Wrote of Seeing Old Battlefield

As had happened the prwvious day, yet another Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote of seeing old bones on an old battlefield, while preparing for a new battle.

“…We are now in camps near Malvern Hill, Virginia. We came here on the 13th instant. The enemy retreated from Cold Harbor the night of the 12th and came down the river. So when we found out that the Yankees was gone from our front, we moved down to meet them and sure enough when we got [there] we met them coming. … The enemy is reported to be advancing again this morning, and if the Yanks is advancing again we will remain here awhile longer to meet them. We are in reserve at this time. We are on the old battlefield. There is lots of dead men’s bones here lying thick on the ground. They are Yankee bones. They were killed in 1862, and I expect we will fight over the same ground again. …” 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. 302.