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In Their Own Words

June 09, 1862

Recovering Civil War Soldier Missed Young Son

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife; he was recovering from illness and badly missed seeing his young son.

“…Knowing that you would like to hear from me often during these exciting times I concluded to write you again today. I wrote to Mother day before yesterday about being sick and being moved to some out houses. I am still here at the house but am nearly well except weakness, and I am gaining my strength very fast. The worst trouble I have is eating too much that is not suitable for a sick man. I have the appetite of a wolf now. I will guard against it all I can though. … You must not be at all uneasy about me, but trust in God and if I fall I will fall like a man and leave no stigma on my darling boy. … Bless his sweet little soul I hope he can run every where on his sweet little patters now and can talk right plain. Tell him his Pa wants to see him bad enough and that he must be a little man. …”

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), pp. 11-12.