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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 16, 1863

Diary Entry on One Son Fighting, One Sick

A Columbus man wrote of two of his sons serving in the war effort; one had been at the battles around Chattanooga; one was either sick or wounded.

“On the 25th November (ultimo) we had a verse at Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. Got badly whipped. Eugene was in it and thinks we ought to have handled the place but our men failed to sustain themselves as they did at Chicamauga. It has given us quite a backset and inspirited the enemy. Willis has not returned to his command. His physician advised him not to go back yet.” Source: John Banks, Autobiography of John Banks, 1797 - 1870 (Austell, Ga.: privately printed by Elberta Leonard, 1936), p. 30.