Letter from Walker, Robert

Soldier: Walker, Robert
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 90th Infantry
Home State: Ohio
Date Written: Sunday, September 11th, 1864
Location: Atlanta, GA
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Battlefield, Combat Description, Commanders, Comrades, Enemy, Home, On the March
 

Dear Sister,

Once more I clasp my pen to write you a few lines to
let you know that I am still on the land among the living. My
health is good, and it is the sincere wish of your son that this
will find you well.

Mother, it has been over a month since I have had a
letter from any of you.

I suppose you have heard of our grand raid on the Ma-
con rail road. We drew off from Atlanta on the 25th of Au-
gust, and one corps fell back across the Chattahoochee river,
while the rest of the army marched in the rear of the Rebs.
They followed the corps that crossed the river. They thought
that Sherman had crossed the river and was in full retreat,
and they made a picnic and had a big dance in Atlanta over
Sherman's retreat. There were ladies who came to the dance
from Macon and Jonesboro. But to their surprise, we had not
retreated. On the morning of the 29th we reached the Mont-
gomery railroad and destroyed it for about twelve miles.
And on the morning of the 1st, we struck the Macon railroad
between East Point and Jonesboro, and destroyed twenty-five
miles of road. But the Rebs had found out where we were,
before we got to the road, and had marched all their force to
Jonesboro, except one corps, which they left to hold Atlanta.
About 4 o'clock in the afternoon of the 1st, we met the Rebs
at Jonesboro with considerable of force when we came where
they were. The 14th corps was on the right of the railroad
and the 4th on the left. Our regiment deployed on the left as
skirmishers and started forward. We charged their skirm-
ishers and drove them from their rifle pits. The 14th, on the
right, charged their works and carried them, capturing 18
pieces of artillery and two thousand prisoners, including one
general. The loss in the 14th was tolerably heavy, but I do
not know how many they lost. The 4th's loss was light. Our
regiment lost nine wounded and not any killed. Company H
came off all right without the loss of a man. Wm. J. Dishong
was struck with a spent ball and it made a black place on his
arm, but this we did not count a wound. As I have turned to
the last page, I see I have not room to give you any particu-
lars of the raid, but we lived high. We took everything we
wanted.

Mother, we have now gone into camp to receive a visit
from the pay-master. If you want any money, let me know
and I will get it for you. But if you don't, I guess I won't
sign the rolls this time.

If you have not started that paper and envelopes that
I wrote for, you need not send it now for I can get plenty.

Since the capture of Atlanta, I have cuffed my old hat
so badly that it wants a new one. I should like it if you would
send me one by mail. One about like the one you sent me last
winter. I expect we shall lay in camp here two or three
months. There are no Rebs within thirty miles of here, ex-
cept their scouting parties.

Write soon and tell me about the draft. I remain,

Your son,
ROBERT WALKER


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