Civil War Letter From Grandfather Mentions Fort Pillow
Massacre at Fort Pillow a key part of letter to great-aunt, describing actions of the Rebs.
This is a Civil War letter from my grandfather to his sister.
Camp at Ringgold, Georgia
May the 3rd, 1864
received your letter of April the 23rd and was glad to hear from you all. You
may tell Mother she need not be scared about me being vaccinated. I will try
and have some Photographs taken as soon as I can. You see there is no place
around here where I can have them taken. Them last pens are pretty good ones.
They are 9/10 better than the other ones.
just came off a 10 mile march yesterday, but I was so weak that they had to
haul me part of the way so I did not have a very hard time of it. I had been
sick with the bloody flux.
expect to get paid off in a few days. We are encamped in a healthier place than
we was before, on a hill where we can see the mountains. They are all covered
with green trees. They look very pretty. There is any amount of wildflowers
around here, more wild honey sweets than anything else.
are expecting to have a big fight before long. The Reb pickets are only 3 or 4
miles from here. I suppose you heard about the massacre of Fort Pillow
where the Rebs murdered all the prisoners. We have not forgot that yet. When we
get to fight we will not take any prisoners either. I expect there won't be any
prisoners taken. They will shoot them like dogs, like they did with our men,
which will make both sides fight the harder, for they won't surrender for they
know they will be shot...
(older brother) is well and sends his best respects to all the folks. I know of
nothing more to write at present. Give my best respects to all the folks except
(sic) the same yourself.
George H. Harvey
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