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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 30, 1864

Union Soldier Not Happy to Leave Savannah

A Wisconsin soldier wrote in his diary the unhappy (in his view) news that he would be leaving Savannah, and told of a blockade runner who sailed into Savannah, not knowing it had fallen into Union hands.

“I received a most disagreeable order just now, that we must move tomorrow at seven o’ clock, to take up a new encampment on the north side of the river. We have such comfortable quarters here, are right by the city, and now we have to go off there. It would be some satisfaction to know the reason of this move, but it must be submitted to I suppose. Our corps was reviewed today. A blockade runner who had not been informed of the change of proprietorship to Savannah, merrily sailed up the river night before last, little dreaming that while she had escaped our navy, she would fall into the hands of our infantry. There are a good many citizens in Savannah who have been interested in blockade running.” Source: Civil War Letters of Major Fredrick C. Winkler, in 26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers Home Page