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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 22, 1864

Soldier Reached Destination

A Georgia soldier who wrote his wife four days earlier, about to march to a new place in Virginia, had now reached his destination.

“…My health is only tolerable good. I am worsted with our tramp, but I hope we will get to rest awhile now. I wrote you on the morning of the 18th. The next morning we started and arrived here on the evening of the 20th. We are four miles east of Harrisonburg, and 29 miles north of Staunton. … Tom has promised me faithfully to go and see you and Ma. You must treat him with the greatest respect for my sake if nothing else but he richly deserves the esteem of all. He is truly a noble, highminded young man, and as brave as the bravest. I think a great deal of him as a soldier and companion in arms. … I thought we were coming up here to put up winter quarters, but the order is to not build huts, as it is uncertain about our remaining here long. … We have tents enough for all to sleep under by crowding a little and are doing pretty well. The snow is melted off but it is cold. …” Source: Jeffrey C. Lowe and Sam Hodges (eds.), Letters to Amanda: The Civil War Letters of Marion Hill Fitzpatrick, Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998), p. 115.