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In Their Own Words

August 31, 1862

Civil War Soldier Wrote Wife from Hospital

A sick Georgia soldier wrote his wife from a Virginia hospital, unsure if he would see her again.

“…I have a very bad cold an caughf. I caughf up the most flem you ever saw. My Dear if I never get home take good care of our kids an send them to school as long as you can. Write the same day you get this an in 4 or 5 days write again. …”

Source: Katherine S. Holland (ed.), Keep All My Letters: The Civil War Letters of Richard Henry Brooks, 51st Georgia Infantry (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), p.42.