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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 26, 1863

Diary Entry on Chickamauga and Prisoners Arriving

An Atlanta man wrote in his diary about the Battle of Chickamauga and the wounded Union soldiers coming into Atlanta, noting both the victory and the sadness at the huge numbers of casualties.

“Hundreds of wounded soldiers have been brought to our city this week, for a severe battle has been fought since last Friday and during several succeeding days, between our forces under Gen. Bragg and those of the Federals under Rosecrans. We were completely victorious they say, though the loss of men was very great on both sides. Rosecrans was driven back to Chattanooga, where he has entrenched himself, it is thought. We took some eight or ten thousand prisoners, 36 cannon and a large quantity of small arms. The battle is called after the stream near which it was fought – “Chickamauga” or “Stream of Death.” Alas! every victory, as well as every defeat, brings sorrow and distress to many hearts.” Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), p. 551.