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In Their Own Words

October 11, 1863

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Furloughs and Runaways

A Georgia soldier stationed in Virginia wrote home to his wife, hoping to get a chance to visit her soon, and telling her of those who had left without permission.

“…Dear Wife, I feel encouraged in regard to my chance for a furlough. Two of our company has got furloughs lately. One went home yesterday. One got his furlough on the grounds of his mother being sick and the other on account of his wife being sick. They only got ten days time, but that is something better than no go. The generals are reining up the runaways that has been home and say they are going to punish them pretty severely. …”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 276.