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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 14, 1864

Captured Georgia Soldier Wrote Father

A Georgia soldier who had been wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote to his father with news of his brothers - another one wounded, one killed, and one missing. He was also concerned because his father had joined the army himself.

“…Ira recently wrote me from West’s Building Hospital, Baltimore. His wound was doing well. Sanders was buried on the field at Monocacy Junction, his grave being carefully marked. … I have not yet succeeded in tracing Egbert. Friends here and at Baltimore have written to the various prisons and hospitals of prisoners of war in the East and we will soon find him. The fact of his having sent me no letter or message should not be considered conclusive that he was wounded. He had no money, no stationery, no stamps, and may have met no person writing to friends at this place. … It would be a crushing calamity should harm befall you in the army. I pray God may shield my father! I endeavor to look at our calamities in an unmurmuring spirit. …” 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. 199.