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In Their Own Words

August 01, 1864

Soldier in Virginia Concerned about Yankees in Georgia

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote his wife in McDonough, concerned that the Yankees were getting so close to her.

“…I am uneasy about the Yankees getting so near you. I hope they will soon come to grief. … I don’t think you are in danger or at least not much danger. … Oh when will this wicked war close and let us meet again, never to part again on earth? Oh, Molly, let us live near the cross of our Lord and Master and trust in him for life and salvation, Oh, that God may bless and preserve you. Molly, I often steal in the silent grove when supper’s over or for an evening prayer that God will take care of you and me and the children…”

Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), pp. 277-278.