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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 01, 1865

Captured Georgia Soldier Wrote to Captured Brother Yet Again

A Georgia soldier wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote to his brother, who had also been captured later. One was in Ohio; the other in New York.

“…I hand you herewith five dollars ($5.00) which I trust will reach you speedily. Cessation of intercourse with the South has disappointed both Dennis and myself of expected supplies of money. I am glad to be enabled to send you a trifle which may increase your comforts. … We have heard nothing from the South in a long time. It is probable, however, that we will have a Dixie mail soon, from newspaper reports. I will not fail to write you any news I may receive. I may add that there seems reason to hope that an exchange of prisoners will be effected, certainly that supplies will reach us from the South. … Keep cheerful, observe prison regulations, take exercise, and trust in God. In His own time He will restore you to your friends. …” 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. 211-212.