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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 24, 1864

Soldier Concerned about Captured Relative

A Georgia soldier writing to a friend expressed concern about a relative who had been captured in the Vicksburg campaign, and not heard from since. He then went on to express his idea about the war.

“…We have not heard any direct news from William yet. Some have tried to demonstrate that he is really dead, with which others are on the entire contrary. So you may see by this logic that we are unable to say where he is or what has been his fate, though I trust that he may yet return. Oh how I wish this unholy war would close and in favor of the South, for I hope our brave soldiers will be fully recompensed for the may trials and hardships that they have had to encounter with during this bloody strife, but no one knows what our future fate may be except our Alwise Purveyor. …” Source: Hugh McKee (ed.), The McKee Letters 1859-1880. Second Edition. (Milledgeville, Boyd Publishing Company, 2001), p.136.