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In Their Own Words

October 23, 1862

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Second Manassas

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote to his wife at home, mentioning the Second Battle of Manassas (“Pope got whipped”) and the disagreements in the North about a possible draft.

“…I will send you a song I gave 20 cts for it. it was wrote after old Pope got whipped. My Dear you all say there that Peace will soon be made but here you hear but Little talk of peace yet we hope for pease soon. some think we will soon have peace because the yankeys is split up in the north they are fighting each other old Lincoln wants to draft them an they wont be drafted they say let us alone. They will not fight us they say if they have to fight they will fight at home. …”

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. 51.