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In Their Own Words

October 21, 1863

Homesick Civil War Soldier Wrote from Florida

A Georgia soldier stationed in Florida wrote home to his wife describing some of the tribulations of camp life - sickness, lack of supplies, and homesickness.

“…My dear wife yours of the 11th came safe to hand. It gave me the extream pleasure of hearing that you was all wel. This leaves me in good health at present hoping this may find you all enjoying the same blessing. We have a grate del of sickness here in camp mostly chills and fever. Mr. Peddy is better than he was when I wrote you last. I receved the stamps that you sent me in your letter. The reason I hav been franking my letters to you is that I had no stamps and could get none here. The soldiers all say that letters go through safer without paying the postage here. I have not got anything of importance to-write to you. We get no news only camp rumors and they almost all ways prove to be false. We get no war news only through the officers as there are no privates in hour company that takes any newspaper. We will start out on picket about next Saturday to be gone 15 days. We will go to Newport down near the coast which is abowt 10 miles from here. We are living in hour winter quarters now which we have about completed. When you answer this, direct as you have been doing and if we are gone the letters will go on to the company. I will look for a letter from you this week as I writ to you last Sunday which you had not recd it when you writ your last. I recd a letter from George a day or 2 go which stated they were all wel and that he was improving himself. Write as soon as you receive this. You dount no the pleasure it gives me to hear from you and the children. I want to see you vary bad indeed but I try to bear it the best I can and you must bear it the best you can. I cant think this war can last six months longer. If you happen to get dangerously sick write to me and send your doctors citifiket and I would stand a chance come home to se you. Without something of that sort should turn up there will be no chance for me to come before next spring or summer. Kiss all the children for me and tell them Pa will come home sum time to se them. Give my love to all enquiring friend and shear a large portion yourself. I remain your affectionate husband til death. …”

Source: The Letters of Edmond Hardy Jones, Private, 64th Georgia