: Anthony W. Ross wrote this letter to his wife Sarah while he was serving in the Union Army during the Civil War. Stationed near Kingston, Georgia, he writes about marching past the battlefield of Chickamauga, with "thousands of graves scatterd promiscuously over the ground." In September 1863, eight months before Ross passed through the area, Union and Confederate troops clashed in a three-day battle at Chickamauga. The result was a Confederate victory and more than 34,000 Confederate and Union casualties. Ross also writes about several skirmishes near Dalton and Cassville, Georgia. The four-page letter measures 7.5" x 9.75" (19.05 x 24.77 cm). Anthony W. Ross of Good Hope, Ohio enlisted in Company G. of the 73rd OVI (Ohio Volunteer Infantry) on March 23, 1862. He was discharged when his term of service expired on March 24, 1865. His letters to his wife were written from Virginia, Georgia, and Tennessee. The 73rd OVI saw action at the second battle of Bull Run, where it lost 150 men, in August 1862. After a few months near Washington, D.C., the regiment fought in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, where another 143 men were killed. In the fall of 1863 they moved south to fight at Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge before joining General William Tecumseh Sherman at the Battle of Atlanta and on the infamous March to the Sea. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Military Ohio; Civil War; Soldiers; Military life; Battlefields Places
: Good Hope (Ohio); Fayette County (Ohio); Kingston (Georgia)