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In Their Own Words

September 11, 1864

Captured Civil War Soldier Worried about Family and Home

A Georgia soldier wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote to his brother - who had also been wounded and captured later. He asked about yet another brother who had been captured, and worried about what was happening at home.

“… I have waited for weeks to hear from you. I know that your wound had not been doing well. … Why have you not written? I cannot permit myself to think it was on account of some untoward development of the painful disease that had been infecting your wound. Nor have I been more fortunate with respect to Egbert. Not a syllable from him or of him, though I wrote nearly three weeks ago and though search is being made for him by persons in the prison at Elmira. Has he written to you? … Let me hear from you as soon as you are able to write. I have had nothing from home. Carrie Sanders writes Aug. 4th that the Monroe people were well, as was also our father when last heard from. She did not then know what had befallen you. Judge S. suffered somewhat from a party of the enemy which passed through Walton, but private property was respected except for army uses… Take care of yourself, don’t mope, meet the fortunes of war firmly. …”

Source: Anita B. Sams (ed.), With Unabated Trust: Major Henry McDaniel’s Love Letters from Confederate Battlefields as Treasured in Hester McDaniel’s Bonnet Box (The Historical Society of Walton County, Inc., 1977), pp. 203-204