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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 06, 1864

Despondent Georgia Soldier Wrote Home

A Georgia soldier with the Confederate army trying to defend his home state wrote home to his family; he was despondent over the continual flanking movements and retreats.

“… The Yankees don’t seem too want to fight us. They say they intend to flank us and drive us to South Carolina. They say there is no use to fight. General Johnston has tried to bring them to a fight, but there is so many of them they flank him and he is compelled to fall back. Some think they can’t flank us from the river, where we are now, but that is all a mistake. They will do it if they try. It was said they never would drive us from Dalton Gap, the best position we ever had, but they did. If we could not hold them there, we can’t hold them no where. They have drove us over 100 miles over the best farming country I ever saw. They have laid waste everything. Great God! what a destruction! All this has been done in two months! My dear, this is a distressing time. We are a gone people without help. Soon I fear they will be upon you all in less than three months. I hope this will not alarm you, but you may begin to prepare for it. I can’t think otherwise. … My dear Wife, I cannot express myself to you what a world of trouble this is. It seems like the Lord has turned His face from us and left us to work out our own destruction. …” Source: 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), p. 312.