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In Their Own Words

November 23, 1864

Letter Described Battle of Griswoldville

After fighting the Battle of Griswoldville the day before, the 1st Division of the Georgia Militia retreated to their defensive breastworks near Macon. From here, Felix Pryor wrote his wife about the battle:

“… On yesterday morning we left camp and marched down the road in pursuit and come to where they [Union forces] were in the evening, a mile or two below Grisoldville, where we formed a line of battle and marched up in front of the enemy. Then a fight commenced which lasted for about three hours. It ceased about night. We then marched back near to the ditches and camped on the east side of Macon, the rest of the night about ten miles from the battlefield. Several of our company were wounded but none killed dead on the field. Colonel Mann and Lieutenant Colonel Bowdoin of our regiment were both wounded. Seaborn Walker [was] wounded severely in the thigh. Porer Fears [was] wounded, George Stovall slightly in the neck. Mr. Zachery in leg. Mr. Burroughs slightly grazing skin on top of his head. Joe Few, Jr., slightly. Several others of our company were slightly touched with balls and not hurt much. Several of my acquaintances in the regiment were killed and other severely touched with balls and not hurt much. Several of my acquaintances in the regiment were killed and others severely wounded. I escaped without being touched though two or three were struck close by me and severely wounded.

“… I fear the fight yesterday was a badly managed affair, as we lost a good many men and I fear did not gain much by it… . The Yanks have torn up our railroad badly for some distance below this city, and it seems like we may be cut off from supplies, as we were in Atlanta. Oh, that this cruel war could stop! … “

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 335-336.