Calendar
Jan January
Feb February
Mar March
Apr April
May May
Jun June
Jul July
Aug August
Sep September
Oct October
Nov November
Dec December

In Their Own Words

April 03, 1864

Civil War Soldier Thanked Wife for Letter and Package

A Georgia soldier in Virginia had just received a letter and package from his wife; he wrote back to thank her.

“…You are a witch to guess at my wants sure, for the ham of meat and $10.00 was the very thing I was needing and I am glad to get them. Also the gloves suspenders patches and thread and tobacco, all of which I rec. safely and now return my thanks to you for them. … My gloves just fit and are just the idea. … The things you sent are much the best and I treasure them because they came from you. … My health is excellent at this time and I am getting on finely. … We are fixing up a nice pudden for dinner. I do not know how we will come out as we will have to put meal instead of flour in it but we have plenty of sugar to put in it. … It is nearly fair and tolerably pleasant today, but we have had rain cold and snow in a full supply recently. The boys have decided to put a chimney to our tent tomorrow and I am glad of it. … Write soon and write me a long letter all about my boy and everything of the kind. …”

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. 131-132.