"Family History Preserved"
On a recent morning, several people gathered to see what had become of the Civil War in correspondence that had survived 140 years by keeping quiet anonymity in a trunk.
In a letter dated Sept. 22, 1863, written from a camp near Chickamauga, Jacob Eberhardt wrote to his sister, Adeline Deadwyler in Elberton, and mentioned the death of their brother, Harrison, the mortal wounds to another brother Isaac, and the wounding of a third, George.
An excerpt: We are on the battlefield in Georgia near the line. We have had a most terrific battle & I am afraid it is not alone... Addie we have lost some of our best men, poor Harrison is killed and Isaac mortally wounded. I was slightly wounded on the neck with a shell, but I am with my company for duty.
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