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In Their Own Words

July 29, 1864

Civil War Soldier Sent Young Son a Knife

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife; he was sending his son a knife.

“…I have just learned that Colvin will start home this evening and in haste will drop you a few lines to send by him if I can get it to him in time. If not I shall send it by mail. I gave Tom Rickerson Henry’s knife so he could be sure to send it by Colvin, knowing that my chance was bad having to be on skirmish all the time. So I hope Tom will get the knife off by him, if I do not get the letter though, he may miss it. My health is excellent. We are still here at the same place where we have been ever since July 4th. … We drawed two months wages yesterday. I now have $53.00 in money and some oweing to me. I hope to be able to send you a pretty little sum of money this winter but will keep this now for fear of getting sick again. … I am glad to hear that Henry has a new hat and is so well pleased with it. May God bless you. 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), p.162.