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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 02, 1864

Soldier from Roswell Concerned about Family

A Georgia soldier from Roswell wrote to his mother; he and his brother still had not heard from their family since the Union forces arrived in Roswell, although they had heard rumors of what had happened there.

“…we all feel anxious to hear from dear Father or yourself, & then we will know certainly. As it is, we hear rumors, which we cannot always rely on. but of course they make their own impressions. I expected they would burn dear beautiful Roswell, that precious Home which we all loved. I love it, because both my little ones were born there, & so much of my married life has passed there. But alas! from all we can learn, it must be a perfect desolation. Maj. Minton told B. that they had cut down every shade tree, after burning the homes of all. I feel more sad, for your being burned out of your Home, & such a dear precious home than any thing else. …” Source: T.H. Galloway (ed.), Dear Old Roswell: Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, Georgia (Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 2003), pp. 83-84.