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In Their Own Words

May 12, 1862

Letter from Sick Georgia Soldier

From a Confederate hospital in Richmond, Va., J.C. Nunn wrote to his family back in Georgia:

“… I am in the Camp Winder Hospital or in the old winter quarters of the soldiers. There is so many sick here, they have to stick us in every little hole they can get to keep us out of the rain and sunshine. But, dear Mother and Father, there is one lady, certainly one of the kindest ladies, tends to me that ever did tend to a poor sick soldier. I have no loving wife nor dear mother to tend to me, but if ever in the world a soldier found a mother that is no mother to him by law it is me. For she treats me as a mother would treat her own child. She asked me where I was from. I told her from Georgia. ‘Ah!’ she said, ‘the poor Georgians! They seem to suffer more than any troops in the service.’ She said she sympathized with us poor Georgians.”

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. 118.