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In Their Own Words

November 01, 1864

Union Soldier Prepared to Leave Atlanta

Col. Fredrick Winkler of the 26th Wisconsin Infantry wrote his wife from his quarters outside of occupied Atlanta:

“We have orders to prepare at once for an active campaign with very limited transportation. We will have to store our baggage in Chattanooga. General Thomas’ headquarters have been moved back to that place and all property has been removed from Atlanta. I think the idea is to send a small garrison there and mass the army to operate against Hood in northern Alabama. There are some indications that he intends to invade Tennessee; in that case, he will fare about as well as Price did in Missouri. I don’t think we will have a very long campaign or a bloody one.”

Source: Civil War Letters of Major Fredrick C. Winkler, 1864 in 26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers Home Page