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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

June 28, 1863

Soldier Wrote of March into Pennsylvania

A Georgia soldier wrote to his mother, telling her of the march into Pennsylvania.

“…We have been marching on Pennsylvania soil 2 days and our division is in the rear of the army. Ahead of us they are near the Capital of this state. We aim to take it before long. We have had a long hard march since I wrote you last and some very hot weather. I was very severe on us solgers but for the last 10 days it has been more pleasant. The solgers is getting more used to it. … We have a large army now in Pa and it is in good fix and fine spirits. We intend to let the Yankey Nation feel the sting of War as our borders has ever since the War began. The citizens takes it very well. They are almost scared to death but we treat them very well. … Us solgers treats the people with respects when we want anything and we offer them our money for it and if they refuse it we just take it at our own price. … The Yankeys is mightly troubled about this movement of our army. …” 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.129.