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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 17, 1864

Soldier Wrote Wife with Thoughts of Desertion

A Georgia soldier in Tennessee wrote home to his wife; he was not feeling well after a lot of marching, and was still contemplating deserting with a friend (he did not do it).

“…I seat myself this morning to write you a few lines which will inform you that I am not very well but I hope this may find you all well. I received a letter from you last Saturday but have not had time to answer it we have bin on the road an expecting a fight but I do not think there will be much fight now. … Pool is with us but not very well. I think him an I will soon carry out our design we are at work for it faithful. … My Dear do not write anything about my getting away from here for if you do the letters may come after I am gone an some one else will get the letters an find out all about it. be sure to keep it a secret forever. …” 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. 115.