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In Their Own Words

August 10, 1863

Soldier Concerned about Treatment of Confederate Prisoners

A Georgia soldier wrote from Virginia, to his mother, telling her of rumors of mistreatment of Confederate prisoners, and the possible results of it. He also mentioned that he wished the Confederate Army in the west had officers as good as the ones he was serving under in the east.

“…they [Yankees} have got many of our friends in their hands and they are beginning to treat them very bad. I would not be surprised no time to hear of the Black Flag being raised on that account. There is some talk of it but I hope the people will use more humanity in this war than that. I am willing to defend our rights under a Civilized Banner but I am very much opposed to the Black Flag. But if the Yankees raises it first I will fight it but if our men raises it first then I am done. Give all the Vicksburg Boys my best respects. Tell them to keep in heart but I know it is bad to fight under officers without confidence. I wish they had such officers as we have got. I think they would be more successful. General Lee has the confidence of our army. We don’t doubt his loyalty. …”

Source: Elizabeth Whitley Roberson, In Care of Yellow River: The Complete Civil War Letters of Pvt. Eli Pinson Landers to His Mother (Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 1997), p.132.