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In Their Own Words

February 19, 1864

Soldier Asked Wife to Help Find Recruit

A Georgia soldier wrote home to his wife, asking her to try and find a recruit he could get to enlist in the army - if he could he would then get a forty day furlough. He admits he normally would not advise anyone to join the war, but he really wanted that furlough.

“…We have seen as cool weather as we have had this winter. It is very cold indeed. Lou, there is a chance for me to get a forty days’ furlough if I can get a recruit. I want you to give it a try. Your best to get one for me. … I don’t advise any person to come to the war. But as long as any person has to go, I think he will fare as well here as he will any place in the service…Lou, if you fail to get one, try another. Try…any man or boy that is not a conscript. …”

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. 282.