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In Their Own Words

March 16, 1863

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Being Homesick and Dealing with Cold

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife, expressing his homesickness and telling how they were dealing with the cold weather.

“…Oh I want to be at home so bad if I could only be there a few hours I could make things different in a very little while but I am not there an they all know it. I hope I will get to come home before Long but it is with my Capt. He can Let just who he pleases go an I think he will Let all his favorites go first. … the weather is very cold hear yet the ground is covered yet with Snow an the ground is frozen all the time. but we have got Little Chimneys to out tents now an we keep warm Enough while we are in them. …”

Source: Katherine S. Holland (ed.), Keep All My Letters: The Civil War Letters of Richard Henry Brooks, 51st Georgia Infantry (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), pp. 72-73.