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|Letters home from the Civil War|
Contributed by David Monahan
Near Kingston, Ga.
May 20, 1864
My Dear Friends,
We have gained a glorious victory over Johnson and drove him about sixty miles. On the evening of the 14th the date of my last we moved in to line and next day Hooker assaulted the key of the position and after 3 hours of desperate fighting drove the enemy pell mell from all his positions. Our loss was heavy but the position was worth the sacrifice. I am safe and in pretty good health. I have received a letter from James Phelan and Mrs. Kaylor. If you see them tell them I will write as soon as I can. We are 4 miles past Kingston and near Cassville. The probability is that we will drive them to the last ditch
and then come home. I have no time to give you any particulars. Give my best wishes to all and if God spares my life I will soon be home. Write soon and give me the news.|