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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 10, 1864

Friendly Exchange Between Pickets Recorded

A Wisconsin soldier in Georgia wrote home to his wife, telling her of some friendly exchanges between northern and southern soldiers during a lull in the fighting.

“… Our pickets are on the northern bank and have agreed with the rebel pickets on the other side not to shoot. There they were this morning, within talking distance of each other, not the least bitter feeling disturbing the friendly intercourse. The rebels were freely walking about on the south bank, washing their clothes and spreading them in the sun to dry, white our men were doing the same on this side; some of ours had even been across and traded off coffee and sugar for tobacco… .” Source: Civil War Letters of Major Fredrick C. Winkler, in 26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers Home Page