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In Their Own Words

April 15, 1863

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Expecting Fight Soon

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife in the lull between fighting, although he expected (correctly) for that to end soon.

“…The weather has improved much recently and it will not be long untill we will begin active operations here. Indeed we are expecting it daily. Much of our time is occupied in drill and other duties that increases the effeciency of the army. We had a brigade drill a few days ago - the first in several months. I doubt it would be interesting to you to see one man maneuvre four regiments. …Rations are somewhat short though we do much better than we have done before this. We make our flour into rolls and lightbread. We can make very nice bread equal to anything see see at home. When we make up the dough we set a small piece by the fire in a cup and keep water in it. It rises and serves as yeast to make up next time. … You want to hear me say something about coming home don’t you? I know nothing to say. I wish I did. …”

Source: Randall Allen and Keith S. Bohannon (eds.), “Campaigning with ‘Old Stonewall’: Confederate Captain Ujanirtus Allen’s Letters to his Wife (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998), pp. 225-226.