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In Their Own Words

April 24, 1864

Civil War Soldier Enjoyed Packet of Food from Wife

A Georgia soldier in Virginia had received a package of food from his wife, which he was thoroughly enjoying.

“…Our box came in yesterday evening and I rec. safely my shoulder of meat and flour of which I am very thankful, and glad to get. We had biscuits, lean meat and coffee for breakfast, to which I paid my respects with the greatest magnanimity. … It took me but a little while to judge the cakes you sent me, and also to find them most excellent. Now if the Yanks will let us alone for awhile, I can enjoy my eatables to the utmost, but the weather is dry and pleasant now and a move I think will come off soon but I hope for the better and eat like rip while we stay here… I am sorry that you have so much weaving to do. I earnestly hope this war will end this year, and then the women will not have so hard a task. …”

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.139.