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1864 July 8: “We are about 20 miles from Atlanta, we have the Chattahoche river to cross yet”

July 8, 2014

The original letter is in the Edwin D. Levings Papers (River Falls Mss BO), in the University Archives and Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Head Quarters In the Field
July 8th 1864.

Dear Parents,

                          Yours of the 27th, came to hand day before yesterday.  You say, you have not heard anything from me only by the via of Justin, except one letter written at Madison, but I supose, [sic] by this time, that you have rec’d one from me written the 20th.  I did not have any opportunity to write on the way down here and since then, our time has been occupied most of the time. [paragraph break added]

We are now about 12 miles from Kenesaw [sic] Mountain.  We have been here three or four days. We left the mountain about a week since.  We left there at 8 oclock [sic] in the evening for the purpose I supose [sic] of making a flank movement.  There was a cavalry picket in our place to keep up the lines, so the rebels would not know of our movement, but they left the mountain the same night.  So I supose [sic] we were trying to cut them off from the  river . We are about 20 miles from Atlanta, we have the Chattahoche [sic] river to cross yet.  It is about a mile and half to the river in a straight line, but the rebels are between us and that point.  Our right and left [lines] both rests on the river.  The rebels are very strongly fortified.  It is about a mile from our line to theirs, that is the main line, the skirmish lines are between us.

17th  I had to go on picket and consequently did not finish my letter.  We are going to move this afternoon  so I shall not have time to write much.  We have been transferred to the third  briggade [sic] of the third division, and we take our place this afternoon.  The briggade [sic] is to be composed of Wisconsin troops.  Direct to the 3rd B. 3rd div.                                                                                                     Homer

1.  The 12th Wisconsin had been in the XVII Corps, 4th Division, 1st Brigade (General Gresham). Still in the XVII Corps, they moved to the 3rd Division, 1st Brigade (General Manning F. Force), not the 3rd Brigade. The 1st Brigade had four Illinois regiments plus the 12th and 16th Wisconsin regiments. The 17th Wisconsin was in the 3rd Brigade.
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Levings letter 1864-07-08

Homer Levings letter of July 8, 1864, from the Edwin D. Levings Papers (River Falls Mss BO) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls University Archives & Area Research Center

 

 

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