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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 20, 1863

Letter Showed Paper Shortage

A Georgia soldier stationed in Florida wrote home to his wife, noting that cold weather was a factor even that far south, and asking her to write half page letters, so he could answer on the other half - with paper so scare.

My Dear Wife Yours of the 14 Inst has come safe to hand. It gave me much pleasure to hear from you and hear that you was all well and doing well. I am sorry to hav to state to you that I hav been a little sick but nothin serious. I hav had vary severe pains in my head and jaws produced from the affects of cold. I am better off than I hav been for the last 8 Or 10 day. At preasant now dount understand me to say that I hav been vary sick for I hav been doing duty all the time when ever called on. It is vary cold here today plenty of ice this morning and the ground frozen stiff. From the way you writen your last letter you had not reced my last letter which was writen abowt the 12 of this month as well as I recollect. I writ to you in that letter for you to send me paper anowgh in your letters for me to write on. This you can do by writing say half a sheet yourself and send me the other half. Paper is vary scarce and the price high. You writ that you was kniting me a cumforter which I was vary glad to hear for I knead sumething of that sort vary much at times but there will be no chance for me to get it soon as furlowghs has been discontinwed by a order from old Booragard. I recon however they will be granted again after Christmas. When they get to granting furlowghs again Mr. Peddy will be at home vary soon thare after and I will write to you and you can try and send it down and he will bring it to me. I was glad to hear that you had engaged you some corn. I do not know what you will do for meal it is so high that those that downt raise it will hav to do without. I recon, or at least they will hav to make out on short rations. I do hope however you and my children may never hav this to do. We hav to by a little pork here occasionally and pay from 75 to a dollar per pownd. We by potatoes and pay $3.00 per bushel. You write to me if you hav ever got my money from the court yet. If you hav not drew anything yet you hardly will before toward spring. I hav not heard from the old settlement since I hav been here only what I hear through you. I wonder if Martha Weever has got shet of her cold yet. I promise to write to Hannah when we started to move and I never have done it but I think I will soon. I hear of no prospect of this cruel war coming to a close soon, in fact I hav come to the conclusion that it will not end before next March at which time old Abe’s term of office expires. All most any termes of peace would be accepted by the men this part of the survice for the men is all sick and tired of the survice and wants to go home and quit the war as it is. Give my love to all enquiring friends and accept a large portion yourself. Kiss the children for me. Source: The Letters of Edmond Hardy Jones, Private, 64th Georgia