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In Their Own Words

September 06, 1863

Camp Life between Campaigns Described in Letter

A Georgia Civil War soldier wrote home to his wife, describing camp life in between campaigns.

“…we are laying still an I hear no talk of a fight hear soon but I cant tell how soon we may have one. My Dear the weather is pleasant here in the day but very cold in the night an has bin ever since the 20 of August. I can not say that I have seen any frost yet my self but some of the boys say they saw some several mornings ago. I do not think we will have much more hot weather hear this year. an some think we will not have any more fighting to do this winter. … My Dear I hope it will not be long before I get to come home for they are a giving well a furloughs here now only for twenty four days. we all drawed for a furlough the other day an Sam Grier drew it he started home last Tuesday. I hope I will have better luck next time…”

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), pp. 102-103.