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In Their Own Words

August 11, 1861

Civil War Soldier Wrote to Brother of Anxiety

A soon to be Georgia soldier wrote his brother; he was about to leave home to join the Confederate forces. He was anxious about what he might face.

“…I must write some more to let you no that the time has come close to hand when I must close the old cottage door. They are now getting breakfast and when I eat I will start to Stone Mountain to leave there at half past 9 o’clock tonight. … My heart and hand trembles so this morning that I cant rite much as I would for the thoughts of leaving Gwinnett and my Mamma and friends in general. … My time is short here. Breakfast is nearly ready and then I must start. But if I never see you again take care of yourself and I will try to do the same. …”

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.18.