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In Their Own Words

March 17, 1862

Georgia Civil War Soldier Moved from North Carolina to Virginia

A Georgia soldier in North Carolina wrote home to his wife, telling her they were preparing to go to Virginia - and added his opinion on Yankees in the process.

“…We arrived here about three hours ago and will not leave until 2 PM today. We overtook two N.C. Regiments going to Newbern and failed to make connection or we should have got to Richmond tonight. I can not say when we will get there. It is rumored here that the Federals have shelled Newbern, and also a boat filled with ladies. I think they are capable of doing anything mean. …”

Source: Randall Allen and Keith S. Bohannon (eds.), “Campaigning with ‘Old Stonewall’: Confederate Captain Ujanirtus Allen’s Letters to his Wife (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998), p. 77.