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In Their Own Words

August 21, 1863

Civil War Letter Mentioned Lack of Clothing and Piety

A Georgia soldier writing home to his mother comments on the poor quality of clothing the soldiers had to draw from, and some of his fellow soldiers lack of piety on the national day of fasting and prayer. He believed it would take divine help to get them through the war.

“…I dont need no clothing at present. I could draw but the government clothes is so sorry and dear I had rather draw the money and send home than to draw the clothes. … All military duty is suspended for today. The President has proclaimed this a day of fasting and prayer through the whole Confederacy but I think the most of the boys eats a heap and prays but little. But I believe that we will have to be more obedient than we are before we can expect to be delivered from this state of trouble. We will have to deny our strength and acknowledge the Almighty. …”

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.133.