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In Their Own Words

May 04, 1863

Civil War Soldier Told Wife He was Not Hurt at Chancellorsville

A Georgia soldier writing home to his wife told her of his involvement in the fighting at Chancellorsville.

“…I was in a pretty hard fight yesterday morning, but I did not get hurt. … We are away up here above Fredericksburg somewhere, I do not know where. We have whiped the Yankees badly so far. We are expecting to fight again every minute. They moved our Brigade this morning about three miles. We came throwed up breastworks and are waiting the approach of the enemy. We drove the Yanks from their breastworks yesterday, and run them a mile. …”

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), p. 68.