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Evans Shackleford Shearer

Letter from Tom N. Shearer for Information on Engagement at Dyer Church, Georgia.

THE ENGAGEMENT AT DYER CHURCH.-Tom N. Shearer, of Atlanta, Ga., asks that some one who took part in the battle at Dyer Church, near Atlanta, July 28, 1864, give a history of it. He says: "For the numbers engaged and the odds we had to fight, I consider it one of the bloodiest battles we had near Atlanta. As I was a private in ranks, I could not see the terrible slaughter except right in our midst. My company had been consolidated with three others, with our captain, A. J. Evans, from Okolona, Miss, commanding. He was shot through and through, and of his original company only seven went through the fight without a scratch. Captain Evans recovered from his wound and rejoined the command at Pollard, Ala. So little has been written of this fight I would be glad to see a full account of it. Our first captain was T. H. Shackleford, also of Okolona."

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, September, 1916.

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