In Their Own Words
August 15, 1861
Civil War Soldier Wrote of Hard Marching
A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife, telling her of some hard marching he had done.
“…We marched up here ten miles in three hours and by the by toted our knapsacks and blankets and muskets and all hands stood it finely. All that hurt me was my legs [which] pained me some the night after the march. The health of our company is improving fast. We left our sick at Camp Allegheny, about twenty. … We’ve had some right hard tasks to perform, some hard marches to make, but, thank God, I feel perfectly able to undergo all the duties that may or will be imposed upon me. …”
Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 50.