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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 09, 1863

Another Soldier Wrote of Lack of Firepower

Another Georgia soldier stationed in South Carolina also wrote to his wife about the discrepancy in weaponry between the Confederate and Union forces.

“…Our contest, my dear Wife, is a very unequal one, and in no particular more so than in the important item of big guns of long range. The enemy can take positions outside the ranges of our Columbiad and Brooke guns, and in perfect safety hurl shot after shot at our devoted artellerists, who are powerless. All we can do is to toil and toil to rebuild the earthen covers, parapets, merlons, traverses, &c., broken away constantly by the accurate fires of the enemy and then save our guns for use, if possible, when the foe dares to come to closer quarters. Of course, the numerous inequalities all against us have a tendency to dispirit our men and encourage the Yankees. As long as the contest is one of work and shooting at long range, no people can beat the infernal Yankees. …” 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. 268.