Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Atlanta "Torn...to Pieces"

From the September 3, 2014, Civil War Day By Day, UNC Library.  A letter dated 3 September 1864, from George Washington Baker, Co. K, 123rd New York Infantry, to his mother.

"I found that our shell had torn the city to pieces considerable as on one side of the city most every house had a shell through it and some were completely riddled. A great good many inoffensive ones were killed as Hood never gave order for the noncombatants to remove and they curse Hood beyond all account.

"In one house there was a girl ironing when a shell burst in the room and 14 bullets struck her tearing her all to pieces and in one family of 7 they showed where five had been killed by one shell."

--Old Secesh

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