In Their Own Words
September 10, 1863
Civil War Soldier and Wife Sick, but Getting Better
A Georgia soldier wrote home to his wife; they had both been suffering from physical ailments, but both were on the mend.
“…I have been quite sick for three or four days with diareah but got a good nights sleep last night and am about well this morning. … I am sorry to hear that you suffered so much with toothache. I hope you will be rid of it since you had your tooth pulled out. … I am glad to hear of such great revivals of religion in our settlement. I hope it will do much good. It is truly time that all were turning to the Lord for to him alone we must look for help and deliverance from our great troubles. …”
Source: Jeffrey C. Lowe and Sam Hodges (eds.), Letters to Amanda: The Civil War Letters of Marion Hill Fitzpatrick, Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998), pp. 84-85.