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In Their Own Words

June 03, 1863

Civil War Soldier Received Honor

A Georgia soldier wrote to his wife, telling her of being mildly sick, but also of receiving an honor, which he hoped to show their son.

“…My health is not very good at this time, not has it been since the fight. I was off duty for three or four days, but am on again now. I have severe cold and diareah caused I suppose by exposure during the tramp. I have taken no medicine for it yet and I hope to get well soon without taking any. A badge of honor and distinction is to be given to one man from each Company in our Reg. for gallantry and bravery displayed in the late fight. Your unworthy husband was selected from our Company to receive it. The badges have not come yet. I shall be right proud of it as a relic of the past and will try to preserve it for my little soldier boy. …”

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. 72.