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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 24, 1862

Soldier Informed Parents of Son’s Death fron Disease

On this day a Georgia soldier had to inform the parents of one of his fellow soldiers who had succumbed to typhoid fever.

“It is with sadness I inform you of the death of your dear son Samuel. He was taken violently sick three days ago. All thought it was measles but from the malignity of the disease I think it was typhus fever. I wrote you the day he was taken sick, and on yesterday I sent you a dispatch stating he was quite sick with measles. But then I thought he was some better. After that a scorching fever came on him, which lasted until 6 o’clock this morning, when he died. He was conscious all the time and expressed a willingness to die. If I was well, I would write you fully about his character and sickness. I can safety say I never knew a better boy than Samuel Lovelace, a Christian and gentleman in all his intercourse with everyone. he had not been with us but a few days until he got the title of ‘the best boy in the world.’ Everything that could be done for him was done. I will send his books to you. I mourn with you in this terrible bereavement. As soon as I get able [I] will write you fully.” Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 116.