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In Their Own Words

March 29, 1863

Civil War Soldier Wrote Home with Horse Taming and Gardening Advice

A Georgia soldier wrote home to his mother with some advice on how to handle a horse at their home, and what to grow.

“…You said you was going to keep my mare and since E.M. has told me how things is I don’t care if you do, for money is not much account now. … E.M says you all will spoil her being afraid of her. Dont give way to her or you cant do nothing with her. I want her plowed some this summer if there is any chance. … Endeavor to raise a good potato patch and garden for they are a great thing. …”

Source: Elizabeth Whitley Roberson, In Care of Yellow River: The Complete Civil War Letters of Pvt. Eli Pinson Landers to His Mother (Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 1997), p.119.