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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 10, 1864

Soldier Wrote Wife in Much Pain

A Georgia soldier in a Griffin hospital wrote home to his wife; he was severely wounded and in much pain, and worried about his son.

“Oh, my dear. I can’t express myself to you. I am here in a helpless condition, suffering pain indescribable and no hand of a loving Wife to sooth my pain… . Where the ball entered my side, the wound is about the size of a silver dollar. It is so sore I can’t walk… . “My dear Mary, I am anxious to know where Joel [apparently their son] is… . I will say to you if he has not gone to my regiment, don’t let him go there. It will be a long time before I get back there. That is a hard place. If he has to go anywhere before I get home, he had better sign to the Georgia state troops… .Keep him at home if you [can] until I come… . I have no inclination to screen him from service. I know our country has called for all to defend our homes, and he must go to some place. We have to sacrifice our Sons in our country’s cause. If we die in our country’s cause, it will be an honorable death. It is now liberty or death. Let us defend our homes and loved ones… .” 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. 328.