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In Their Own Words

August 09, 1863

Contrast between Food in Pennsylvania and in Army Camp

A Georgia soldier wrote to his wife from Virginia, contrasting the plentiful food they had in Pennsylvania with what they had in camp, and telling her how much he wanted to see her and their family.

“…I tell you a day or two rest after over two months hard marching does us a great deal of good. I think we have marched over four hundred miles. I could not wish for any better living than when we had as we was going on an after we got through Maryland an into Pennsylvania as far as we went but after we turned back this way again we all have suffered very much ever since for something to eat. we have not had more than half enough to ear since we turned back. … My Dear I do hope the war will soon close for I do want to see you an the Children the worst I ever had in my life. …”

Source: Katherine S. Holland (ed.), Keep All My Letters: The Civil War Letters of Richard Henry Brooks, 51st Georgia Infantry (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), p. 97.