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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 25, 1863

Letter Described Camp Life Between Campaigns

A Georgia soldier writing home to his mother described camp life in Virginia, in the lull between campaigns.

“…This will inform you that I am well except for a very bad cold. Mr. Todd got back last Saturday night. He brought everything safe through but my brandy and he drank it up before he got here. Mine and R.N.’s too! But he said he would pay it back the first chance. I was so glad to get my butter that I did not think much about the brandy but he brought 2 bottles of brandy to some of my mess and I got as much of that as done me any good. There is 6 of us and after drinking a half gallon of good old peach brandy we were all rich enough! We had a fine feast for breakfast that morning when Mr. Todd brought John Wallis some sausage meat and me some butter. I tell you it made me think of old times. … We have had some awful bad weather here of late. Last Sunday was the coldest day I ever saw. I think the snow is now from one to two feet deep. We have nothing but snow here lately. I have saw more snow this winter than I ever saw in my life. …” 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. 116.