Letter from Walker, Robert

Soldier: Walker, Robert
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 90th Infantry
Home State: Ohio
Date Written: Friday, July 22nd, 1864
Location: Atlanta, GA
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Comrades, Enemy, On the March, Strategy
July the 22nd, 1864.
Dear Mother,

I received a letter from you a few minutes ago, and
with pleasure I resume my seat to answer it.

With regard to the 90th being cut to pieces by the
Johnnies, that is false. We are within two miles of Atlanta,
and the artillery is shelling the city. Yesterday we drove the
Rebs about four miles. Their loss was heavy but ours was
slight. We have just heard that General McPherson was shot
off his horse today. We did not hear whether he was killed
or not, but he fell into the Reb's possession. If he is not kill-
ed, it is the worse for himself, for he is a prisoner. I would
rather be killed than captured. We shall be in possession of
Atlanta in a few days, unless they stand a seige. Our troops
are on three sides of the town, and have got the Reb's com-
munication cut off. Their works here are strong, but Sher-
man will not advance on them. In a few days he will have
them entirely surrounded, and then he will leave them alone
and let them feed themselves as long as their rations last.
They cannot get any more at present.

I shall close and mail this without an envelope. I re-
ceived two stamps. Please write every week. I will write
as often as I can. Give my respects to all inquiring friends
This is from your son,