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In Their Own Words

November 08, 1863

Civil War Soldier Worried for Wife, Saw Blockading Ship

A Georgia soldier stationed in Florida wrote his wife, worried about her health and telling her of seeing one of the blockading ships.

“My Dear wife, Yours of the first has came safe to hand last evening. I was glad to hear that you was all in good health when you wrote. I was glad also to hear that your Pa had made his trip to Tennessee and back home. I was glad to hear that he found the boys enjoying a reasonable portion of health. This leaves me in good health at preasant we have just returned off picket duty to hour camps. A good many of hour men got sick while we was out but the most of them are improving at preasant. I fear from the tone of your letter that you are in bad health or a getting so. You dount however write that anything serious is the matter with you. If there is, you must write to me and let me know it. While we were out in picket camp I was posted at one time at a place called Shelpoint on the sea beach where I could see the blockading vessel and by the help of a glass I could see the men walking about on deck of her. I saw also a large number of satt works around on the beach. I saw a grate many curiosities that I could tell you a bowt if I could se you that time or space will not admit of here. You must write soon. Give my love to all. I remain yours as ever until death.”

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