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In Their Own Words

February 28, 1864

Civil War Soldier Prepared to March on Worn Out Shoes

A Georgia soldier stationed in Virginia wrote home to his wife, telling her he was about to go a march, but his shoes were almost worn out. He was also glad to hear his son enjoyed the things he had sent him, and informed her he had no chance for a furlough soon.

“…My health is fine at this time and I am living just well enough, but it will not be so long, for we have orders to start back to Orange day after tomorrow morning. It will get me all over for I am nearly barefooted and there is no chance to draw any shoes…I am so glad Henry is proud of his pockete book and ring. You say I must get a furlough. There is no chance for me now and no trying to do unless I could furnish a recruit, and I see no chance for that. There are six or seven to go yet before it starts around the second time and then all will draw together I learn so any chance is a long ways off yet. …”

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), pp. 122-123.