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In Their Own Words

August 13, 1864

Letter Told of More Sickness, Less Food in Confederate Camp

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife - telling her of less food, more sickness, and little fighting in the Confederate camp.

“…My health continues good and we are still here at the same place, getting along about as usual with the exception that our beef rations have stopped which hurts pretty bad. … The weather is very warm and dry and there is a good deal of sickness. Edd Jordan is very sick, I fear dangerously sick. I think he has the typhoid fever. He is not in his right mind half his time. He is at the Brigade Hospital back in the woods about a mile from here. I went to see him yesterday. I think his wife ought to come or send somebody to see about him. … There is no war news atall scarcely stirring here. They still shell and skirmish in front of Petersburg and there was some shelling on our left this morning. …”

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), pp.164-165.