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In Their Own Words

September 11, 1862

Soldier in Maryland Hoped for Quick End to Civil War

A Georgia soldier in Maryland wrote to his wife, expressing hope that the war would end soon.

“…the war will close in a short time and I think six months will decide the fate of the war one way or the other but let that be as it may. We have to wait until it comes. … we have a large army here and still they come. I think the war will all be carried to this state if it lasts much longer and we will fight them on their own grounds. Some think Maryland will secede in a short time. There are a great many men joining our army now and they say we will get thirty thousand as sure as we get to Baltimore. Let them come, we may need them all yet. …”

Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), 2p. 42-43.