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In Their Own Words

July 16, 1863

Civil War Soldier Wrote from Hospital, Acknowledged Losses

A Georgia soldier wrote to his wife from a hospital in Virginia, telling her of how he hoped to get back to his regiment, acknowledged the recent battle losses, and closed by telling how much he missed his family.

“…I told the Doctor this morning that I wanted to go to my Reg. He said he would send me in a day or two. …There are several wounded soldiers here that were in the Gettysburg battle. One of them who belongs to our Division says that Thomas’ Brigade was in the fight Thursday and Friday which is all that I have heard from our boys yet. … The Yankees have got Vicksburg and I see no immediate prospect of peace now but it will never do to shrink for a moment or even get low spirited about it. I am so proud to hear that my boy is doing so well and is so smart to talk. I long to see him with his breeches on, and talk with him, but I must wait patiently. Pray for me. …”

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. 77-78.