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In Their Own Words

July 25, 1863

Georgia Soldier Not Impressed with Pennsylvania Women

A Georgia soldier writing home to his sister told her of the hard times the army had been enduring, and then of an unpleasant sight he had experienced in Pennsylvania.

“…We had a pretty sever march of it. I was up all night one cooking and until midnight the two next, On Thursday waded two rivers and two creeks. Right tight it is now. Ask some of your Western soldiers if they know anything about hard times. If they do not and want to know anything about it, just tell them to come up and join the Army of Northern Virginia and we will give them a few lessons. One good thing, we had plenty while in Pennsylvania. such as chickens, sheep and apple butter in abundance. We have plenty of dewberries and blackberries, which we find to be of great advantage to us. I believe I never told you anything about the girls of Pennsylvania. Neither is it that I should, for they are the ugliest set of mortals I ever saw - long-faced, barefooted, big-nose and everything else that it takes to constitute an ugly woman. I do not say this out of any disrespect, but because it is the truth. You can tell the girls of Whitefield they need have no fear of losing their sweethearts on that score. …”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.),“Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 258.