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In Their Own Words

June 11, 1864

Wisconsin Soldier in Georgia Wrote Wife

Union Maj. Fredrick Winkler’s letter to his wife from south of Acworth explains the temporary stall in the Atlanta Campaign:

“Although we have had orders to be ready to march every morning for the last three days, and we are ready, always ready, we have not yet moved. Part of our army has moved forward, but not far. The supposition of Johnston’s retreat to the south bank of the Chattahoochee seems not to have been correct and he is now said to be enforced and strongly fortified near Marietta; it may be, therefore, that we will have a battle there. I got notice yesterday that Lieutenant Colonel Boebel has been discharged, and I think Governor Lewis will give me the appointment. It is Sunday afternoon, raining, raining, one continual pour. It commenced on the 2nd of June, and every day since we have had showers. The roads have become so heavy, our supply train can hardly move. We have to be very economical of our supplies of rations; the railroad however has been fully repaired; we heard the whistle of the locomotive yesterday, and suppose Alley will run trains of provisions through to Acworth at once. The enemy is in position not far from us, but while this weather continues, it will be impossible to do much.”

Source: Civil War Letters of Major Fredrick C. Winkler, in 26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers Home Page