50th Ohio soldier writes of Fall of Atlanta in Sept 1864

Sergeant Asa M. Weston of the 50th Ohio Infantry, Company K.

Decatur Ga, Sept. 11th 1864

Letter offers an account of the Fall of Atlanta:

“…we have for two or three weeks cut loose from Mail communications in order to Capture Atlanta…before this reaches you, you will have heard how we succeeded in taking the City we have so long been striving for…now we have fallen back to Decatur 6 miles from Atlanta, where the 23rd Corps will remain until we rest & get some drafted men to fill our Army and enable us to continue our forward movement which we shall probably do in a month. I escaped all accidents though many bullets and shells flew around me and it was almost a miracle that I did escape…  This country is completely desolated…  We have crossed all the railroad tracks and torn them up & destroyed those south of the city…  our regiment has not lost any men for three weeks. Before that we lost over one man on an average per day…  Will Old Abe be reelected. I hope so though there are many here especially in the Ky. Regt which belong to our brigade who will vote for McClellan. They would vote for him so much the more willingly I suppose because he suits Vallandingham…  I have not time to write much more. Am too tired & dirty & lazy after our severe campaign…

The 50th Ohio Infantry saw frequent fighting in its three years’ service, encountering the enemy at Perryville, Kingston, Lost Mountain, Dallas, Pine Mountain, Atlanta and Nashville. Weston mustered into Company K on 11 August 1862. He was promoted to Second Lieutenant of Company E before mustering out on 26 June 1865 at Salisbury, North Carolina.

Source: Nate Sanders online auction

2 thoughts on “50th Ohio soldier writes of Fall of Atlanta in Sept 1864

  1. Records show that my GGUncle was in this unit:

    Hardy, George M. (Also appears as Hardy, G.M.)
    Roll: M269-183 (H-Y)
    Private, Company C, 9th Bttn., MS Sharpshooters
    This record clearly shows this man is from Marshall Co., MS.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY DOCUMENTS WITH G.M. HARDY LISTED IN THIS UNIT?

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