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In Their Own Words

February 23, 1862

Georgia Soldier Letter from Fort Pulaski

Theodore Montfort was one of the Confederate defenders of Fort Pulaski, located on an island near the mouth of the Savannah River. Eleven days after writing a his wife expressing confidence that the fort could not be taken, Theodore Montfort wrote again. He was still optimistic – but a bit more somber:

“On yesterday morning the Yankees opened fire on our garrison and fire several shots, none of which done any harm. On yesterday evening on dress parade, while our men were formed in the yard, they [the Yankees] fired a rifle shell, which passed near us. There was considerable merriment at the expense of those who ran or dodged. I did not do either, yet I assure you to hear a large shell or ball whistling through the air, which you can hear for three miles, is not a very pleasant sound. yet I find that men will soon become accustomed to danger as they will to any and everything else. Yet to us it is all excitement and amusement. It is good we have something to excite and amuse us, yet in the dead hours of night, when all is silent, when we feel alone in the presence and care of our maker, then home with all its endearments come[s] crowding upon our memory. Then men who face and smile at danger, weep and pray for those dear ones at home.”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), Georgia History written by Those who lived It (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), p. 149.