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In Their Own Words

April 30, 1863

Georgia Civil War Soldier Sick at Vicksburg

At Vicksburg, a soldier had to write to a Georgia mother with some bad news concerning her son.

“…your son Michael Hambrick is at the Polar Lawn Hospital very sick indeed. He does not know anything at all nor hasn’t since he came here, which was about a week ago. … He is in a bad condition and no prospect of his getting any better as I see. I don’t know what is the matter with him. And as I think it is the duty of some person to let you know how he is, as he has no sense to tell any person to write for him, I take it on myself to write you a few lines, … I am sorry for any poor soldier that is in his condition. Today the doctor is giving him medicine, and I think maybe that they will help if it possible to get up some. …”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 226.