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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 11, 1865

Captured Georgia Soldier Hoped to Return Home Soon

A Georgia soldier wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign was still being held prisoner in Ohio; he wrote to his father on this day hoping to hear from his family, and of course hoping to come home soon.

“…It has been long since I have received a letter from the South, the latest being from Monroe, one Feb. 5th and the other Feb. 11th. The exchange of prisoners afforded me opportunity to send full messages and I was constantly expecting to be sent home myself during the month of March. When Richmond fell, mails by flag of truce ceased and since that time no mode of communication has been open. … We are all anxious to return home. When that may be I cannot conjecture. … My health has been very good this Spring. Do not be uneasy about me. I desire to be remembered to all. … Source: Anita B. Sams (ed.), With Unabated Trust: Major Henry McDaniel’s Love Letters from Confederate Battlefields as Treasured in Hester McDaniel’s Bonnet Box (The Historical Society of Walton County, Inc., 1977), p. 219.