This Day in Georgia Civil War History
November 29, 1862
Harshness of Army Life Mentioned in Letter
The same soldier who had mentioned Howell Cobb and T.R.R. Cobb in his letter earlier in the week (on November 26) wrote to his mother again, this time describing the harshness of army life.
“…We stayed on picket 48 hours down in Fredericksburg. I am not so very well today. My cold seems to get worse. I have got a very bad cough and I am so bad stopped up till I sometimes almost smother. I am fearful that I will be sick. We have a very fair prospect for a snow now soon. I dread it very bad without we was better prepared for it. I don’t know what we will do if we don’t get shoes. …”
Source: Elizabeth Whitley Roberson, In Care of Yellow River: The Complete Civil War Letters of Pvt. Eli Pinson Landers to His Mother (Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 1997), pp. 104-105.