20 August 1864: “it is also rumored that a raiding party is in our rear composed of 6000 Yanks.”

Item Description:  Letter from J. I. Jacocks to his brother.  He writes that he fought in the battle on July 22nd and that his company lost 4 men but took many prisoners.  He also states that it is rumored that there are 6000 Union soldiers at their rear.


Item Citation: Folder 7 of the Jonathan Jacocks Papers, #372, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Item Transcription:

Line of Battle Atlanta Ga

August 20th 1864

Dear Brother,

I received a letter from you not long since I answered it but do not know that you received the letter.  Consiquently I will write again to inform you that I am safe thus far and am in fine health.  I was in the battle of the 22nd July- had four killed in my company viz. C. T. Perkins John Weatherly John Smithwick and Jerry Wilson- And wounded viz. R. P. Williams and two missing Viz. Srgt Rowland and W. Dowdy. Hardee’s Company did the fighting.  We captured 2700 prisoners 22 pieces of artilly etc.  In charging their works which we took except their last line- we lost many valuable men and officers.  I will name a few of you aquaintances who were killed Maj Alx Allen, Doc Harston, W. Mills.  Our Brigade has not been engaged since 22nd July.  We are on the extreme right of our infantry.  One our left the pickets are engaged more or less every day.  Ours were engaged yesterday and this morning ten were captured.  I could tell more if I had time.  Wheeler is in rear of the enemy doing good execution and it is also rumored that a raiding party is in our rear composed of 6000 Yanks.  I give it for what it is worth as it is grape vine dispatch.  Write soon.  Your brother J. I. Jacocks

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