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In Their Own Words

September 15, 1863

Civil War Soldier Hoped for Safety, but Acknowledged Danger

A Georgia soldier writing home to his wife hoped to make it through the war safely, but hoped she would not be too sad if he did not.

“…I can but sincerely hope that if the trial comes our arms will be crowned with a glorious victory and the same hand that has led me through so many firery ordeals will safely preserve me through this. But if I fall, as I have told you before, grieve not for me but think of me dieing for my Country and my all. …”

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), p. 87.