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In Their Own Words

September 24, 1864

Sick Georgia Soldier Back with Regiment

A Georgia Civil War soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife; he had been sick, but was now back with his regiment, although not entirely well yet. He hoped the fighting in Georgia would not get too close to her.

“…I have returned to the Sharpshooters. I came back day before yesterday evening. I have not regained my strength fully yet, but I got heartily tired of the hospital and had much rather be here than there. I am doing no duty here yet. The boys say they want me to get entirely well before I set in for good. The Doctor gave me a pint of cherry bark bitters when I left which does me much good. … Well I suppose the booming of cannon is in hearing of you. It is getting too close to be healthy. It makes me feel bad to think of it, but I hope it will come no nearer. Of course I can tell nothing about Sherman’s intentions only by guess, but it is my opinion that he will do but little more there for the present. …”

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.169-170.