- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A letter recently donated to the libraries at the University of Georgia gives an eyewitness account of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain during the Civil War.

The letter is from Joseph Short to his wife, Nancy. It is part of the collection of William Joseph and Nancy Wallis Short family papers recently donated by Roger Rowell to UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain began at 8 a.m. on June 27, 1864. By noon it was over, and Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman had lost the battle and 3,000 of his soldiers. But his army outflanked the Confederate Army after a five-day standoff and forced it to retreat to Smyrna. Sherman continued to head to Atlanta.

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