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In Their Own Words

March 20, 1862

Letter from Civil War Camp

From Camp Davis, Georgia, Pvt. J.G.F. McCall of the 50th Ga. Infantry wrote his father about how pleased he was with his company:

“Dear Father, I seat myself this evening to rite you a few lines to let you no how I am getting along this leaves me enjoying good health & hope this may reach you enjoying the same blessing. We arrived on Sunday after we left Quitman I enjoyed myself finely since I have been here & the boys are all well pleased we have not been mustard in yet but I think we will be tomorrow there is about six thousand men stationed here I don’t know how long we will stay here. I am well pleased with our officer & I think Capt. Sheffield a world beater. I have no news to write though I no you are anxious to hear from me. Tom is well pleased and I assure you I am pleased to have him here. I think we will be stationed at the Alapaha Bridge on the Gulf road after we drill here for a few weeks we have not had anything to do yet we have got our tents and cooking utensils we get plenty to eat such as beef bacon coffee flour sugar and corn meal. I would not quit this company to go to any other that ever could be made up… .”

Source: Glen Spurlock, 50th Georgia Infantry Articles