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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 02, 1863

Soldier Wrote from Hospital, Missing Family

A Georgia soldier again wrote his wife from a Virginia hospital, discussing his convalescence, and how much he missed her.

“…I write to you again to let you know how I am getting along. My wound is improving fast, and I think it will soon be entirely well so that I can rejoin my Reg., but I have been a little sick for a day or two extra of my wound. but I hope it will soon wear off. It is a dull heavy feeling, with a loss of appetite, and restlessness at night. I bought a quarter’s worth of sausage from a negroe this morning for breakfast which tasted delicious to me and not a great while after I lay down and slept about two hours of good sound sleep and I feel better this evening. …Yesterday a new year was ushered in upon us and it was as pretty a day as I have ever beheld. With the new year comes new hopes and new prospects, and let us resolve to live better and do better than we did in the past year. The 8th of this month will be eight months since I pressed you in my arms and bade you good-bye. …” 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. 47-48.