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In Their Own Words

March 28, 1865

Georgia Civil War Soldier Wrote of Friends Dying in Battle

A Georgia soldier who had been in a Virginia hospital wrote his wife of missing a battle (Battle of Fort Stedman) where many of his friends were killed or captured.

“…While was gone the Regt. got into a severe fight. It was on the 25th and like to have all got killed or captured. … The loss of the Regt. is 6 killed, 25 wounded, 118 captured. … From what I can gather about the fight is this. Above here in front of Petersburg our forces attacked the yanks taking a number of prisoners and a good portion of their works. To retaliate they attacked our pickette line, in front of this place capturing many but never got to our main line, and in trying to reestablish our pickette line our Regt. got so badly cut up and failed to do it that day which was the 25th. Yesterday they reestablished the line with little loss. All is quiet now again but it is sad and heart sickening to look at our Regt. now. It seems that Providence ordained that I should miss it, or else I might now have been captured or killed. … I feel sad and lonesome now, all my mess is gone, and I am alone again, but I can get along about that. The weather is pleasant now but it is uncertain about its continuing so long. …”

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), pp. 206-207.