Soldier and Civilian Letters

First hand accounts from Union soldiers and Georgia civilians during Sherman’s Georgia campaign provide vivid insight into what individuals experienced on both sides of the conflict.  Raw emotion comes through in the letters and diary entries of these eyewitnesses to history.  Sherman’s path through Georgia can be traced through their words concerning weather conditions, daily soldier life, and civilian experiences.

The Georgia civilian perspective is represented here by a letter from R.J. Bates who was part of the Georgia Home Guard as Sherman approached Atlanta.  There are also diary entries from William King of Cobb County, Georgia and plantation mistress Dolly Sumner Lunt of Covington, Georgia.  The Union soldier perspective is presented through the diary entries and letters from Thomas Christie of Minnesota and Cornelius Platter of Ohio.

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to access the letter or diary transcription.

Letters & Diary Entries

R.J. Bates Letter
(Georgia Home Guard) -
May 22, 1864

From the Private Family Collection of R.J. Bates’ Family

Thomas Christie Family Letters
(Union Soldier) -
1864 Letter

From the Christie Family Collection housed at the Minnesota Historical Society

 

William King Diary
(Cobb County, GA Citizen) -
1864 entries

From Documenting the American South Collection at UNC – Chapel Hill

Dolly Sumner Lunt Diary
(Covington, GA Citizen) -
1864 entries

From Documenting the American South Collection at UNC – Chapel Hill

Cornelius Platter Diary
(Union Soldier) -
1864 entries

From the Cornelius Platter Collection housed at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Library

 

 

July 1864

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p’tree Creek
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Ezra Church
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August 1864

 

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 Jonesboro

September 1864

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October 1864

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November 1864

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Conyers
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Cov’ton
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Madison
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M’ville
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San’ville
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December 1864 – January 1865

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Millen
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Eb’zer Creek
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