In Their Own Words
July 27, 1864
Civil War Soldier Needed Horse
A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote to his father and uncle; he had been appointed as courier for his brigade, but lacked one vital item - that he hoped his family would help him to purchase.
“…You no doubt understand the duty of a courier; it is that of carrying orders. They remain with the general all the time unless sent off by him on duty. They are allowed feed for their horses, they are obliged to have one. They get 37 dollars a month which is pretty good wages. It is a much easier place than in the ranks, they have more privileges…This position I have gained by doing my duty and always standing square. … I have got the appointment but one thing I lack yet, that is a horse. I have one to ride until I get one or for a while at least. I can get a horse, bridle, and saddle for two hundred and fifty dollars. Now the assistance that I wanted is the help me pay that amount. …”
Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), pp. 194-195.