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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 28, 1865

Georgia Soldier Wrote of Skin Disease, Missing Wife

A Georgia soldier in North Carolina wrote his wife that he was getting over a skin disease, and was worried about her.

“…I have escaped some miserable weather & am also be being in a house very rapidly getting over this skin disease. I hope now by the end of this week I will again be fit for duty. With the exception of the skin my health is excellent & am perfectly well. The Yankees are in Lancaster Dist [South Carolina] & making their way toward Wilmington [North Carolina]. … My precious one I have been thinking much of you & our precious little ones lately & have become very anxious to hear from you to know how you are getting along in Roswell. … My mind is troubled to think that you may not be comfortable, or, actually suffering from want of necessaries of life. I wish so much I could hear from you. Nearly 4 weeks have gone by now since I left you in Roswell & it may be a long time yet before I can hear anything from you. Oh! that peace could be ours… Source: T.H. Galloway (ed.), Dear Old Roswell: Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, Georgia (Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 2003), pp. 112-113.