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In Their Own Words

August 22, 1864

Letter Informed of Husband’s Death

In Petersburg, Va., Lt. T. M. Beasley, commander of Co. F of the 64th Georgia Regiment, had a duty that had become all too commonplace. Writing Susan Jones in Talbot County, Ga., Beasley had to inform her of the fate of her husband:

“It becomes my painful duty to inform you of the death of your gallant husband E. H. Jones, who fell in the engagement near Deep Bottom on the 16th inst. In him we have lost a dear comrade, a true and noble soldier and one that did his whole duty cheerfully. He fell at his post endeavoring to repell a charge made by the enemy. He remained in the trenches after they had been abandoned by the greater part of his comrades and fell by a shot that caused instant death. He is buried near the spot he fell. I will take charge of his effects as soon as I can find some one to testify to them, and either send them to you, or make any disposition of them you may advise.

“My personal and immediate attention will be given to any information or service you may desire. I feel a deep and earnest sympathy for you in your great affliction, and hope ‘God who doeth all things well’ may comfort and console you.”

Source: The Letters of Edmond Hardy Jones, 64th Georgia web site