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In Their Own Words

December 31, 1862

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Scouting and Hoping War Would End Soon

A Georgia soldier writing home to his wife talked about the scouting work he was doing, and vainly hoped the war would end soon.

“…I remained over the river scouting ‘till Christmas Day in the evening. They then ordered our company to return to the regiment. I was ordered to rejoin them. I got to camp after dark and at 3 o’clock in the night we packed our saddles and met the army at Franklin and crossed the river on the march to give the enemy a banter. … We lay two days in ambush in the woods. It rained all night one night… I hope this war will end before long. I think the prospect of peace now is better than it has ever been since the war began. I think we will certainly have peace by May or June. …”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), pp. 210-211.