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In Their Own Words

October 19, 1863

Civil War Soldier Determined to See Wife over Winter

A Georgia soldier near Chattanooga was writing home to his wife, determined to see her over the winter, no matter what he had to do to accomplish it. She was apparently experiencing some trouble at home.

“…My Dear keep in good hart an manage the best you can for if I live I will come to see you all some time this winter if I cant come one way I will another. if they wont give us furlows we will run away an go home. an if I have to run away to get home I think it will be some time before they get me back here again. My Dear I am very sorry that folks is troubling you so but it is nobody but bad boys just does it to skear you an you need not be a fraid for they will not hurt you. …”

Source: Katherine S. Holland (ed.), Keep All My Letters: The Civil War Letters of Richard Henry Brooks, 51st Georgia Infantry (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), pp. 109-110.