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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 24, 1864

Union Soldier Wrote of Promotion

A Wisconsin soldier in Georgia wrote his wife, telling her not to worry about rumors (false, as it turned out) of reinforcements coming from Virginia to Georgia, and of his recent promotion.

“You need not be alarmed about those thirty thousand veterans Lee has sent to reinforce Hood. We have not seen them yet; do not think they got very near; at all events we are not afraid of them. Sherman has a pretty big number of men here, and they are good at fighting, equal at any time to an equal number of rebels. The reports are Probably just as true as those which prevailed six weeks ago, that Johnston had sent one of his corps to Virginia. I got my commission as Colonel by today’s mall. We will see what becomes of it.” Source: Civil War Letters of Major Fredrick C. Winkler, in 26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers Home Page