This newspaper article is from The Athens Southern Banner, 29 July 1863. It was submitted by Junius Hillyer, father of Capt. George Hillyer, 9th Regiment of Georgia Infantry, to the paper. I have made no corrections as to spelling, punctuation, or opinions expressed, as this was a letter from a son to his father. I have, however, added [ ] (brackets) beside somethings for clarification of archaic words, or confusing terminology, etc.
To me, since it was a letter and not a plan to publish an article, it reveals that after the defeat at Gettysburg, the spirit of the Army of Northern Virginia was still very high, not broken. The letter contains some liberties with events, but were probably true as the Captain perceived them. It is very easy, with the luxury of 14 decades passage of time (arm-chair quarter-backing), to see inaccuracies or overstatements in it. To do Capt. Hillyer justice, it needs to be judged on his perception of events as he lived them. Casualties received on 2 July, 1863 were 189 of 340 engaged in the Wheatfield. I do not have a casualty report for actions the next day as the 9th was one of the regiments sent in to reinforce Baughman's Battery on the Confederate right flank, from a cavalry attack by Farnsworth's New York and Vermont Cavalry .
(article by Jeffery Wert) online entitled "All the Powers of Hell Were Waked To Madness" at: Click HERE! Contains events involving the 9th and Farnsworth's Federal Cavalry.
Capt. Hillyer's Official Gettysburg Report is HERE!
Capt. Hillyer's portrait is HERE!
Transcribed 8/04/02 by Neal Griffin. The Athens Southern Banner article reads: