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In Their Own Words

September 12, 1863

Georgia Civil War Soldier Moving South

A Georgia soldier stationed in Virginia wrote his wife that he was on the move southward.

“…we got on the cars yesterday an came down to Richmond. an we taken the cars this morning an come to this place which is twenty two miles south of Richmond an we will leave here as soon as we can get on the cars. but where we are a going I cannot tell but I think when you hear from me again I will be in Atlanta Ga. or Rome Ga. that is what we all think. but when we get there I am afraid we will have to go to Tennessee. an if we go there I think we will have some hard fighting to do. …”

Source: Katherine S. Holland (ed.), Keep All My Letters: The Civil War Letters of Richard Henry Brooks, 51st Georgia Infantry (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), p. 106.