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In Their Own Words

September 05, 1863

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Furlough Excitement

A Georgia soldier wrote home to his mother from Virginia, telling her of the excitement of one of his friends going home on a furlough, his wish that he could do the same, and a gift he sent his young nephew.

“…Sam Dyer can tell you all the nuse. I made him promise to go see you. He started 3 days ago. I guess he is at home this morning happy enough. He was so glad he could hardly behave himself! there is no chance for me to get off since there is so many that never has been home. But maybe my time will come sometime. Tell little Charles that I sent him a little Yankey spoon by Sam Dyer. I got it off of the Bloody Battlefield of Pennsylvania. Tell him he must not lose it. He must keep it to remember his old Uncle Eli. I wish I had some little thing to send all the children but I’ve got nothing but love. …”

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.137.