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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 14, 1863

Soldier Expressed Clothes Woes in Letter

A Georgia soldier writing home to his mother told her of the clothes woes so many experienced.

“…I thought that I would tell you that we had received that box of jeans and clothes that was started when I was at home. It come to the company on the 12th. Some of the clothing was very badly damaged and almost rotten, but none of the individual things was injured. I drawed me another coat out of the box but I have to pay $7.50 for it to make those equal that dont get one. But I had rather pay that for such coats than to draw the government clothes. …” Source: Elizabeth Whitley Roberson, In Care of Yellow River: The Complete Civil War Letters of Pvt. Eli Pinson Landers to His Mother (Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 1997), p. 114.