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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 23, 1863

Soldier Wrote of Damage Done by Artillery

A Georgia soldier stationed on an island off the coast of South Carolina wrote to his parents, telling them of the damage Northern artillery had done.

“…I expect you will have heard of stirring times down here. The Yankees have succeeded in breaching Fort Sumter, and I expect the fort will be dismantled and blown up this week, as it is now utterly worthless to us. There is a hole in the wall on the Morris Island side that will allow the passage of a locomotive with ease. … For my part, I consider that the jig is up with Charleston. … They can shell the place with perfect impunity and they will do it. … the Yankees threw a few shells into the city. So you can readily imagine they created a sensation among men, women and children. … In truth, a perfect panic reigned supreme in the city. …” 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. 262.