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In Their Own Words

August 05, 1864

Civil War Soldier Glad Wife and Son Doing Well

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife, glad to hear that she and his son were doing well, but did not seem to think he could get his son the gift he really seemed to want.

“…My health continues good and I am still doing well. We draw good rations and I catch a mess of fish nearly every day. We draw two days rations at a time, half in bacon and cornbread and and the other in biscuit and beef. … I am so proud to hear that you got off on a visit once more and that you and Henry both enjoyed the trip so well. I hope Colvin has got home by this time and Henry has possession of his knife. I want to bring him some present or other when I come home but it will be a troublesome job to bring him a goat. …”

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.163.