The following letter was written on 25 June 1864 by William Thomas Fincher to his step mother, Martha Jane Brooks Fincher of Pike County, Georgia. Thomas and his father Joseph Travis Fincher served in Company D, Second Regiment, Georgia State Line, and had fought in the Battle of Kolb's Farm near Marietta, Georgia, on June 22 under the leadership of General John Bell Hood. At this battle Hood illustrated his bold but extremely reckless philosophy of warfare. He sent two divisions into a frontal assault on entrenched Union corps that were supported by heavy artillery. As a part of Cummings brigade, the Second Regiment suffered 80 casualties. In his matter-of-fact way, Thomas reported to his mother some of the company's painful losses.
Because this company was formed from men who lived in Upson and Pike Counties, some of the surnames mentioned may be of interest to Lamar County researchers. An article about the Finchers and the Second Regiment, Georgia State Line, may be read at Civil War Through the Eyes of a Common Soldier. You may also want to view the second page of Thomas' original letter.
I again seat my self to let you all know where I am I ame at the same plase I was yestarday morning we have to work very hard I worked last night untill mid night fighting is going on all the time we havent bene engaged sense 22 of this month I dont care whether I am any more or not I was excited when I first went in but after I got there I felt no danger after I fired once or twist I was not more excited than if I had ben shooting at a gang of birds Pah is in the Hospitle I am glad of it I am in hops he will stay there 17 of our Company was wounded I gave Mary a list [this first list has not been found] I dont think I gave her all the names Legg O S in the hand Corp Eleby in hand private Jone shocked with a shell M A Graham in thigh A Murphy head severly J T Lee hand and back W Hardaway head slight Thomas Haris Legg sens amputated Olive Legg sens died Levi Middlebrooks hand H Moris foot Brown hand Hammock shock with a bumb Thompson hand Willie Brawner shocked Dick Johnson in chind William Lyles in neck Pah did not get his honey nor onions I havent seen him so I eat them write soon your affectionate son
W. T. Fincher"
At the top of the second page of his letter and upside down, Thomas wrote: "excuse me for writing ever day for I may not have th chance of writing long if I dont write dont be _?_"
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- Thomas' original letter (2nd page)
- Roster of Co. D., 2nd Regiment, Georgia State Line
- Civil War Through the Eyes of a Common Soldier: As Told Through the Letters of Joseph Travis Fincher of Pike County, Georgia
- Return to Lamar Military Links
- Return to Lamar County
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