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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 27, 1865

Sick Soldier Recovering, Commented on Blacks in Army

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote his wife about being ill, but recovering. He also had heard some overly optimistic reports on recent fighting, and commented on some of the blacks joining the army.

“…About 10 or twelve days ago I was taken quite sick with severe cold and fever, and one of the hardest chills on 19th inst. I ever had in my life. On 20th our Regt. received marching orders and the Surgeon sent me here. I had no more chills and am nearly well now. I shall return to my Regt. tomorrow. I do not know where they are but suppose they are not far from Petersburg. … The war news is highly encouraging, and our troops are in the best of spirits. Johnson has checked Sherman in his wild career, twice, and Lee captured a few days ago a considerable portion of the Yankee works in front of Petersburg with a large number of prisoners. … The negroe troops have been called out. I have seen two companies. I hope it will work well. I will close up. Tell Henry [his son] I have his cup yet, and that I want to see him mighty bad. May God bless you all. Pray for me. …” 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), pp. 204-206.