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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 05, 1864

Georgia Soldier Asked for Help with Wife and Children

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote to his father, glad to hear he was safe and asking him to help with his wife and children if necessary; he also mentioned the recent Battle of the Crater and commented on the situation in Georgia.

“…If our things have been destroyed in Atlanta ask Mother please to buy all that would be necessary for the comfort of Bessie & her child. Everything has remained quiet since the attempt of Grant to destroy us by springing a mine. His loss was so heavy & ours so small I doubt if he ever attempts it again. … Am glad you all were in Savh when that raid to Macon took place. & am very glad to see by the papers that all of those raids have been pretty well broken up. They do a great deal of harm to the country but cant conquer us but rather stirs us up to greater efforts to repel the rascals. In that way it will be of great service to upper Georgia where there were so many who professed Union sentiments which the Yankees do not respect at all. …” 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. 87-88.