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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 07, 1864

Soldier In Virginia Got Wrong News on Milledgeville

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote to his mother in Georgia, telling her of what was going on there and what he had heard about Georgia - he was mistaken in believing Milledgeville had been burnt.

“…Every thing is quiet on the lines & no news that we can hear. We are now encamped on the Nottoway river some 14 miles below where we were on Stoney Creek. We take up an occasional deserter who always report great demoralization & c. but cant be depended on. It will not be long I expect before another raid on our Rail Roads is attempted by Sheridan. We will have hot work when it does take place, but expect we are able to whip him whenever he attempts it. Old ‘Jubal’ is creating great excitement in Yankee dom. As yet they have burnt up but one town, Chambersburg. But if Cobb Legion gets up there some others will in all probability be reduced to ashes. I hear Milledgeville has been burnt by the Yankee raiders. These raids give great suffering & reduce many to almost starvation but they can never subdue us by such fighting, in fact it will have the contrary effect upon us, & will make us more bitter, more determined than ever to never again counterance a Yankee or their nation. …” 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. 91-92.