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In Their Own Words

October 28, 1861

Civil War Soldier Wrote from Near Bull Run

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife; he was stationed near the site of the war’s first major battle, but now sickness was the major factor affecting them.

“…The regiment is still near Centreville. Sudley Church is where the Yankees crossed Bull Run on the 21st July. Uncle Wisdom is discharged and will come home as soon as practicable. Boykin is about well, has come back to camp and will go to duty tomorrow. He said that he was agoing down to Manassas today after our things. I hope he will. I am quite anxious to get them. The men all are grumbling for theirs. So we thought it best to send for them Yankees or no Yankees. I shall go to Manassas tomorrow myself to draw rations for the hospitle. Thos Britton has the measles. Our company has thirty sick men here and several in Richmond. …”

Source: Randall Allen and Keith S. Bohannon (eds.), “Campaigning with ‘Old Stonewall’: Confederate Captain Ujanirtus Allen’s Letters to his Wife (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998), p. 62.