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In Their Own Words

December 25, 1862

Civil War Letter Wished Wife Merry Christmas

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife, wishing her a Merry Christmas and relating a humorous (to him) episode from Fredericksburg.

“…Hoping that you will have a merry Christmas and claiming a Christmas gift, I bid you good morning. This not being my day in course to write and news being scarce I will give you one or two incidents of the light order of the Fredericksburg fight. When we gained the railroad a wounded or scared Yank or possibly both whined out to Captin B in a fememine tone, ‘is the rebels advancing?’ He replied, ‘no they are already here, I’m one.’ ‘Well I didn’t know it.’ Captin H is one of the nicest men you ever saw full [of] dry wit and somewhat of an oddity in his way. No one paid any attention to the presence of these fellows as we had a number of others just beyond that required our attention. One fellow near Capt H was very noisy bawling, “Don’t shoot me.” “I’m a prisoner.’ ‘I surrender.’ H turned around to him and said contemptuously through his clinched teeth stamping his foot on the ground. ‘Kiss my ____.’ …

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. 201.