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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 21, 1864

Union Soldier Wrote Raids Not Affecting Supplies

A Wisconsin soldier in Georgia wrote home to his wife with news of small raids being made on their supplies, but they still had plenty of them to go around. He also mentioned the Confederate army retreating into Alabama.

“I am glad to be back again in my own tent. My regiment was not here when I arrived; it went out on a foraging expedition day before yesterday morning and has just now returned, all safe and sound. On Tuesday last over four hundred mules, belonging to a pontoon train stationed here, while grazing at some little distance, were captured by rebel cavalry. The six mules of our team and all our private horses were out there. The driver lost five of his mules; our horses were saved by the heroic action of Theodore… . The rebels also burned a railroad train four miles from here and fired into and tried to capture a train on the way from here to Atlanta. It arrived there just as I was to leave and they started a train of truck cars with a regiment on it and we came through unmolested. There are detachments of cavalry, probably numbering not more than fifty men, that are doing this mischief. The main rebel army seems to be retreating into Alabama. Since my return from Atlanta our mess has been much improved. Farmers bring butter, eggs, chickens, etc. to our picket line and are there met by our men, who trade coffee and sugar for them. Our foragers have also brought in a few things, geese, ducks, apples, etc.” Source: Civil War Letters of Major Fredrick C. Winkler, in 26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers Home Page