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In Their Own Words

June 23, 1864

Civil War Soldier Thankful for Government Assistance

A Georgia soldier recovering from an illness at a Virginia hospital wrote to his wife that he was almost ready to return to duty, and told of some of the things the Confederate government was doing for his and the other patients.

“…I will drop you a few lines this morning, to inform you that I am about well again and shall start to my Regt. in the morning. My health has improve rapidly since I came here. I reported for duty yesterday morning. I do not know where our Regt. is or how long it will take me to get to it, but I suppose it is somewhere around Petersburg. I have had a shirt and pr. of drawers, and my Coat and Pants washed by the Government, since I came here… I went to the James River a short distance from here, yesterday and the day before and took a delightful, swimming frolic, which was quite a treat to me. … There are about 1800 patients in the wards and 300 in tents near the hospital. There are about 500 nurses cooks ward matrons Doctors Clerks &c. Jeff Davis is feeding may people at this time. …”

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.155-156.