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In Their Own Words

November 20, 1864

Captured Civil War Soldier Asked Father for Food

A Georgia soldier who was wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote to his father, knowing nothing yet of the destruction of Atlanta and the March to the Sea. He simply hoped someone could send him some food.

“…I hope the agreement between the two governments in reference to supplies of clothing, food, et cet., may be put into successful operation. As it may not reach us soon, I wish my friends in Georgia to take advantage of any opportunity to send me per flag of truce from Savannah or Charleston some flour, bacon, dried fruit, peas, or any other staple food that can be conveniently shipped. I leave the details of quantity, quality, and shipment to you. Dennis S. has written to his mother to the same effect. We are permitted to receive express packages containing provisions from the South. …”

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. 206.