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In Their Own Words

November 30, 1863

Captured Civil War Soldier Received Letter from Wife

A Georgia soldier who had been wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign received a letter from his wife, who was very happy to hear he was alive.

“…For the first time in five months am I permitted to pen you a brief letter. What a privilege! Yours of 26th Oct. has been received with a welcome it were idle to attempt to describe. Do you know that for three long months we heard not one syllable from you? Yes, the faintest ray of hope had well night fled when the news reached us that you still lived. With what a silent thrill of gratitude to Almighty God did the tidings come! …”

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), pp. 185-186.