In Their Own Words
December 20, 1863
Civil War Soldier Wrote about Recent Battle
A Georgia soldier serving with Longstreet in Tennessee wrote to his wife about the Battle of Bean’s Station, and of course how much he missed her.
“…I have been in another fight at this place though not so severe as that at Knoxville. We did not lose many men. We run the Yankees off from their camp and captured many of their things. Bean’s Station is about forty miles from Knoxville where the road running from Cumberland Gap intersects with the road running from Knoxville to Bristol and thence on to Virginia. Molly, I may fall one day but if I do I intend by the grace of God to fall in the discharge of my duty and with my face towards heaven and, if it must be so, God grant us a happy meeting there. I would to God I could meet you again on earth…”
Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), pp. 236-237.