In Their Own Words
July 24, 1862
Civil War Soldier Wrote of Sickness Going Through Regiment
A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote to his wife about another round of sickness in his regiment, and his hope that the war would not last long.
“…I have been sick for two days and not able for duty but am better, I think, this morning. I hope I will be well in a few days again. We are still east of Richmond and no sign of a fight. I am induced to believe that the war will not last much longer though it may. I would be very glad it wouldn’t, you may be sure, though I am seeing a very easy time myself. I have been to the regiment every day since I left it and am here now. It makes me feel bad to go to it and see so many of the boys sick and dying. There is nearly one third of the regiment sick and a good many have died. The principal sickness is measles and flux or diarrhea which goes very hard with them. …”
Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), pp. 20-21.