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In Their Own Words

May 02, 1863

Vivid Civil War Scenes Described

A Georgia soldier writing home to his wife from Virginia vividly described the war scenes he was witnessing.

“…The battle which has been raging for two days is still in progress. The result I know not. I shall not get to mail this until the fight is over, which may be a long time, but I write to let you know that I think of you and friends amidst the din of battle. Oh, could you but sit now where I sit and see the sight which I see! It would present to you an awful sight. While I write there are two dead Yankees within 15 feet of me, the others nearby. You may think it strange, but anybody that has seen as much as I have does not pay any attention to it. Dead men are so common that I get used to it, though I always try to pay due respect to them. …”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 227.