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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 06, 1862

Soldier Wrote of Seeing Carnage after Battles

A Georgia soldier writing home to his wife told of the carnage he had witnessed on the battlefields of Virginia.

“…we scoured the woods beyond the battleground a mile beyond. I could see evidences of the damage done to the enemy : bloody clothes thrown off, guns cast away, a dead or wounded here and there in the woods, every house and outhouse and barn had the wounded [or] dead in and around. Inside the floor was said to [be] covered. I did [not] desire to look inside. Other parts of the woods through which did not pass report the dead and wounded of the enemy to be much more numerous, men and horses rotting together. …” 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. 164.