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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 19, 1861

Union Supporters Got Rough Treatment

A Georgia soldier in what is now West Virginia (then Virginia) wrote home to some friends about how they treated Union supporters in the area where they were stationed.

“…There is a house about a quarter [mile] below here that we have taken from a fellow to put those that are sick at this place, that is, all that got sick since we got here. We run the old man and his wife and gals out into the kitchen, and we took the big house. We have got sick men from here to Lynchburg, a distance of about 200 miles. We pilfer things in this country when a fellow don’t do to suit us. Sometimes we go to a fellow’s cornfield and pull down all the poor fellow’s corn for him, damn fool, for he had no business being a Union man! Western Virginia is not worth fighting for. It is the rag end of Hell! It is nothing but mountains. …” Source: 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), pp. 78-79.