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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 04, 1862

Soldier Wrote of Marching Quickly to Fredericksburg

Knowing that a battle was brewing in Fredericksburg, the Confederates wanted to get soldiers there in a hurry, as evidenced by this letter from a Georgia soldier to his wife.

“…I am well, but about worn out marching and about to get barefooted and naked too. We have been marching hard for twelve days. We started from five miles above Winchester, and got here about 12 o’clock yesterday and will probably rest here for awhile. We are about halfway between Guiness Station and Fredericksburg…” Source: Jeffrey C. Lowe and Sam Hodges (eds.), Letters to Amanda: The Civil War Letters of Marion Hill Fitzpatrick, Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998), p. 32.