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In Their Own Words

December 24, 1862

Wounded Civil War Soldier Wrote to Wife on Christmas Eve

A wounded Georgia soldier wrote to his wife on his recovery, but was saddened that it could not be a festive holiday.

“…My general health is very good and my wound I think is improving fast, but I cannot lay on that side yet. The Doctor seems to think that I am much worse off than I think I am but I do not tell him so. It is useless to say much to the Doctors here, they go their own way about things generally. He told me this morning that I must keep in bed a while longer. I made no reply but between his visits I lay in bed but little. … Well, Cout, this is Christmas Eve but little does it seem so to me. I see no indications of Christmas at all…”

Source: Jeffrey C. Lowe and Sam Hodges (eds.), Letters to Amanda: The Civil War Letters of Marion Hill Fitzpatrick, Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998), pp. 40-41.