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In Their Own Words

October 19, 1863

Captured Civil War Soldier Missed Home

A Georgia soldier wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign was being held in Maryland; he wrote to his father; he was healing well, and was adapting to his existence, but still clearly missed home.

“…We were removed from Chester, Pa., Oct 2nd per steamer and arrived at this Hosp. on 4th inst. I had a comfortable berth and suffered not at all from sea-sickness, though the sea was rough. The accommodations here are thorough and ample, the authorities courteous and considerate and obliging. My wound progresses favorably. Strength returns slowly, as I am not permitted other exercise than sitting up and walking a few steps each day. But I feel strengthened daily. I think I shall do very well. We have books, chess and other amusements. Time passes less wearily than one would imagine. The shore of Dixie is visible; I gaze at it now as I write. …”

Source: Anita B. Sams (ed.), With Unabated Trust: Major Henry McDaniel’s Love Letters from Confederate Battlefields as Treasured in Hester McDaniel’s Bonnet Box (The Historical Society of Walton County, Inc., 1977), p. 184.