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In Their Own Words

April 23, 1863

Georgia Soldier Wrote of Poor Living Conditions at Vicksburg

A Georgia soldier at Vicksburg wrote to his brother, telling of the poor conditions under which the Confederate army there lived, which would become even worse as the city would soon go under siege.

“…I aint well not hast bin for a week but hope these lines will come safe to hand and find you all well. I hant got much to write but the Yankees passes with the gunboats every day. When they get ready we will have it with them somewhere. … The health in the army here is bad. The men die here fast if you call eight hundred deaths in Vicksburg a lot. All day they are sent to the hospital. We cant live on what we draw. The meat we draw is spoilt and the beef is so pore we cant eat it. … Our men look so pore and bad an dont care how the drop feels. … Tell Mama that I dont feel like I will ever see her face again. There is no chance to come home from here. The men dies right and left in front and rear.”

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.120.