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In Their Own Words

August 24, 1864

Union Soldier Not Concerned about Reinforcements

As Sherman’s siege of Atlanta continued, newly commissioned Col. Fredrick Winkler of the 26th Wisconsin Infantry wrote to his wife:

“You need not be alarmed about those thirty thousand veterans Lee has sent to reinforce Hood. We have not seen them yet; do not think they got very near; at all events we are not afraid of them. Sherman has a pretty big number of men here, and they are good at fighting, equal at any time to an equal number of rebels. The reports are Probably just as true as those which prevailed six weeks ago, that Johnston had sent one of his corps to Virginia. I got my commission as Colonel by today’s mall. We will see what becomes of it.”

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