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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 28, 1864

Soldier Missed Wife after Furlough; Friend had Died

A Georgia soldier stationed in Tennessee, but recently returned from a furlough, wrote back to his wife, telling her of an acquaintance who had died, and that he wished he could have stayed with her longer, even if it meant getting disciplined by the army.

“…Dennis McClendon died the next day after he was wounded an was buried by our own men at our own Hospital. My Dear when I got hear I was in hopes when I got hear they would put me under arrest but they said my papers was all right an I wished I had stayed longer. if I ever get there again I will stay a while. I will try to get back as soon as I can I will do as I said one way or the other. … I do not know how long we will stay here. My Dear everybody in this country is strong unionist we have no friends about here. … there is a great deal of small pox about hear. our rations of meat is nothing I can put one days allowance of meat in my mouth at one time. …” Source: Katherine S. Holland (ed.), Keep All My Letters: The Civil War Letters of Richard Henry Brooks, 51st Georgia Infantry (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), p. 113.