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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 27, 1864

Soldier Prepared for Campaign, While Missing Family

A Georgia soldier in Tennessee wrote to his wife; he was preparing for a mounted campaign which never materialized. But he also fervently wished for the war to end so he could return to his family.

“…I am looking every day for a letter from you and hope I will get one soon, you can continue to write until I learn more about the arrangement. I will try and write often until we start. I am not certain that we will take the campaign I mentioned but that seems to be the general opinion. …Write soon and often for the present, give my love to all inquiring friends. Tell Cousin Puss howdy and kiss all the children. God grant that this war may soon close and let us all meet again, to enjoy the comforts of home and friends as in days past and gone forever, gone. Those were happy days when at setting sun to meet the loving smiles of an affectionate wife. It is delightful to think of those days. Oh, God, will the sun ever shine again? …” Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), pp. 242-243.