Calendar
Jan January
Feb February
Mar March
Apr April
May May
Jun June
Jul July
Aug August
Sep September
Oct October
Nov November
Dec December

This Day in Georgia Civil War History

June 15, 1864

Wounded Georgia Soldier Unhappy about Furlough Situation

A Georgia soldier in Virginia had been wounded, but was not happy at all about not getting a furlough while he recovered.

“…my wound is a-curing up as fast as it can. It is too near well for me to get a furlough. I went before the board yesterday, and I failed to get a furlough. You don’t know anything about how bad I have been treated about a furlough. My wound was bad enough to have got a sixty days furlough, and I have been completely chiseled out of it. And I am mad enough with the doctor to wring off his head like I have seen chickens’ heads wrung off before. Now I will not be able to duty in a month, yet it will be that long before my wound is well, and I have got to be here in this hospital and take just such treatment as they are a mind to give me and hospital fare is bad fare. I have been wounded a month now lacking three days, and I have tried every way that I know to get a furlough, and I have failed every time. …” Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 303.