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In Their Own Words

May 09, 1863

Eyewitness Account from Chancellorsville

A Georgia Civil War soldier, writing to a friend, told of his experiences at the Battle of Chancellorsville.

“…we have fought and won another great victory here. It commenced on the morning of the 29th of April and ended on the 6th of May. Our company has lost during that time 25 men. … Our main fight on the right came off on the 4th day of May. On the 3rd day of May the Yankees throwed all of their force against our left wing or our division that was stationed on the heights… On the following day it came our turn to charge the heights. … We all stepped off at quick time. … We kept the Yankees’ skirmishers in a double-quick trot all the time. We just kept going until we came to a creek. There, though the Yankees commenced shelling us, we never stopped. …”

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), pp. 233-234.