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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 03, 1865

Captured Georgia Soldier Wrote Father Again

A Georgia soldier in prison in Ohio wrote to his father, hoping the letter would reach him, and hoping one of his brothers had made it home. The other brother was also in prison, in New York, he had written to him two days earlier.

“…As I do not know where a letter will reach you, I send this under cover to Aunt Sanders with the request to read and forward it. The long cessation of Flags of Truce has rendered us very anxious to hear from home. … The Winter thus far has been favorable, and we are besides better prepared to withstand its rigours than we were last winter. Egbert has received an outfit of clothing and, though he thinks the climate very cold, he is cheerful and thinks he will be comfortable. I contrived to send him a small sum of money a day or two ago. … Ira is doubtless at home. I can sympathize in your joy at his return, and ardently hope that no untoward circumstances may have defeated his release. Could Egbert be sent South, I might rest content in prison many months longer. Meantime, have all efforts to effect my exchange proven fruitless? …” 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. 212-213.