In Their Own Words
April 17, 1863
Civil War Soldier Wrote of Missing Son and Home Cooking
A Georgia soldier writing home to his wife from Virginia, telling her how much he missed their son and her cooking.
“… I am glad to hear that Henry improves so fast in talking. I know he is much company to you. You say he eats so much like me. I would like the best in the world to see him and to help him when it comes to chickens and eggs. It makes my mouth water to read about your chickens and eggs. My advice to you is not to sell one, but eat them and make your meat go farther by it; and I would not try to raise a great many, as corn is scarce. I am truly glad to hear that you have a good garden. I hope it will be of great advantage to you and I am glad to learn that your pigs are growing fast. You must be a real hand at the loom from the number of yards you have woven but you must not break yourself down at it. If it were not for the patriotism and industry of the women the Southern Confederacy would soon come to nothing. …”
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), p. 62.