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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 27, 1864

Union Soldier Bragged to Wife, Heard Rumors of Confederate Movement

A Wisconsin soldier in Atlanta wrote home to his wife, bragging on his regiment and mentioning rumors of Confederate activity in northwest Georgia.

“We had a review before General Slocum yesterday and started out at twelve o’clock, marched to the other side of the city, and there the review took place at three P.M., and passed off finely indeed. The whole division appeared well. Ours is the crack brigade in the division. It is said that Forrest is in our rear with a considerable force; rumor has it that he has possession of Bridgeport and Stevenson; the former place is one of great importance, where he could do immense damage by destroying the long, high bridge across the Tennessee River, which it took so many months to build, but it is only rumor. Yesterday the report also was that Marietta had been attacked and a fierce fight taken Place there. It is doubtless true that a considerable rebel force is operating in our rear, but fortunately the capture of Atlanta leaves our large army at present unemployed and several detachments have already been sent to the rear, and they will doubtless soon succeed in clearing the road. It is also said the large trestle bridge at Whiteside has been destroyed; that certainly would not have occurred if the 26th had been left there to guard it. The draft seems to have taken place on the 19th. It is a shame that one new regiment after another is being organized and drafted men put into new organizations.” Source: Civil War Letters of Major Fredrick C. Winkler, in 26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers Home Page