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In Their Own Words

June 18, 1864

Sick Civil War Soldier Wrote Wife, with Details

A Georgia soldier in Virginia had been sick, but had a rare good experience at the hospital, as he wrote to his wife. He did not spare her the details of his illness.

“…I am sorry to say to you that I am sick at this time, and have been for several days. … On 9th I was taken with Diareah, and it soon ran into bloody flux which made me very weak and almost past traveling. I staid on duty till 13th when we had orders to move. I reported to the Doctor, and he put me in an ambulance and carried me till we stoped that evening, which was not far from the old battle field of Frazier’s Farm and Malvern Hill. I staid there at the Brigade Hospital in the woods till 16th when I was sent in our ambulance to this place, with many others that were sick. I am better now. My opperations are not bloody now, and by getting some good sleep and rest I hope to recover soon and return to the field, though I am quite weak. This is a very good Hospital. I get plenty to ear for a sick man at least. …”

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.152-153.