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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 29, 1862

Wounded Soldier Wrote Home to Wife

A wounded Georgia soldier wrote to his wife from a Virginia hospital.

“…I am getting on very well. My whole left side pains me some yet but not much. I cannot sleep on that side yet. The Dr. permits me to go about now inside the enclosure but no patient is permitted to go outside. … My appetite is excellent and I eat about all I can get. They serve lightbread, beef, soup, peas…We get coffee and breakfast for supper. … They have hospital underclothes, that is, shirt and drawers for us to wear all the time we stay here…” Source: Jeffrey C. Lowe and Sam Hodges (eds.), Letters to Amanda: The Civil War Letters of Marion Hill Fitzpatrick, Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998), p. 42.