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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 27, 1863

Soldier Near Chattanooga Expected More Battle

A Georgia soldier wrote to his wife from near Chattanooga; he still expected battle at any time.

“…My Dear we are hear in a line of battle an we do not know what hour we will have to go at it. we are about three miles from Chattanooga at the foot of the Lookout Mountain between the mountain an the Tennessee River in a beautiful Valey. but I expect we will have a hard battle hear an many lives may be lost an I may number among the dead but my prayer is to live to see you all once more in life. but we should all pray for this wicked war to stop. …” Source: Katherine S. Holland (ed.), Keep All My Letters: The Civil War Letters of Richard Henry Brooks, 51st Georgia Infantry (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), p. 107.