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In Their Own Words

April 03, 1864

Civil War Soldier Marched in Snow, Anticipated New Socks

A Georgia soldier in Tennessee wrote home to his wife, telling her they were on the move.

“…We have been marching for several days of the worst weather I most ever seen in my life. We were four days marching from Greenville to Bristol, distance fifty-four miles. It snowed most all the time. …I have not got my socks yet that James brought but will get them today. I am very much obliged to your for them. I would like very much to kiss you for them but you will have to excuse me this time and I promise to do so when I get the chance. …”

Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), pp. 246-247.