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In Their Own Words

September 08, 1862

Georgia Civil War Soldier Wrote from Maryland Campaign

A Georgia soldier with the Confederate army in Maryland wrote his wife, telling her of the varying attitudes of the natives.

“…You probably want to know something about this country and the sentiments of the people. I know very little. Hear a great deal. The land rivals the valley in fertility. The farms show more taste than a hundredth part of our Georgia gardens. Stately mansions and cotages unique and costly meet the view evrywhere. Fences barns and other outhouses unless built of stone or brick are invariably painted or whitewashed. The barns are frequently more costly than the dwellings. … The Southern people here are perfectly frantic with joy. The Unionists are quite frank and will tell you so in a minute. No blowing for hot and cold like some Virginians do. One farmer and a few of his neighbors have had conceiled for several months about eight hundred bbls of flour waiting for Jackson and Ewell. Another gave General Jackson a horse well worth a thousand dollars. …”

Source: Randall Allen and Keith S. Bohannon (eds.), “Campaigning with ‘Old Stonewall’: Confederate Captain Ujanirtus Allen’s Letters to his Wife (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998), pp. 161-162.