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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 22, 1861

Mosquitos on Tybee Island

The commander of the Georgia troops stationed on Tybee Island wrote back to his wife on this day; for the time being their most oppressive “enemy” was not Yankees, but mosquitoes!

“Yesterday’s mail brought me a good long letter from you and the net for my head and arms. Many thanks, darling, for both!. The latter is just exactly what I wanted, and I can assure you it is a deal of comfort to me. I sat out in front of my tent with it last night, calmly serene, while the other fellows had to slap right and left to keep off the swarms of mosquitoes. You cannot imagine how bad those little pests are down here. Pavilions are of little or no use. They crawl under them fasten them as you will. For three nights I have scarcely slept at all, and the men are worse off even than the officers.” Source: Mills Lane (ed.), Georgia: History written by Those who lived It (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), p. 146.