- Full Citation: Charles Harding Cox, "'Gone for a Soldier': The Civil War Letters of Charles
Harding Cox," ed. Lorna Lutes Sylvester, Indiana Magazine of History 68, no. 3 (September 1972): 181-239.
- Home: Marion County (Indianapolis)
- Year: 1864-1865
- Regiment:70th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Co. E
- Abstract: This set of Cox's (1844-1928) letters covers January 1864-June 1865. His regiment
remained in Tennessee until April 1864, and in May 1864 it began participation in the Atlanta Campaign.
Cox expressed his desire to vote in the presidential election, described the Battle of Peach Tree Creek
(part of the Atlanta Campaign), and the march through the Carolinas, offered thoughts on Southern
sympathizers at home, and asked his sister to find some young women for him to meet, as he wanted to get
married when he returned to Indiana.
- Sample Text:
- "As soon as hostilities cease for a time it is my intention to make a desperate effort for a leave of
absence- Our boys are anxious to make home in the fall and carry the Lincoln & Co ticket- soldiers are
one and all for Abe." (July 10, 1864, Chattahoochee River, Ga., p. 208)
- "Exterminate all copperheads if a million die, how I detest them...If I had my wish it would be that
every traitor in the north be confined in such an infernal place, that hell would be a heaven to it." (July 30, 1864, Chattahoochee River, Ga., p. 218)
- LC Subject Headings:
- United States. Army. Indiana Infantry Regiment, 70th (1862-1865)
- Atlanta Campaign, 1864
- Resaca, Battle of, Resaca, Ga., 1864
- Kenesaw Mountain, Battle of, 1864.
- Sherman's March to the Sea