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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 06, 1864

Soldier Wrote of Toothache

A Georgia soldier stationed in Virginia wrote home to his wife about a toothache, having to leave the house he was staying in, and of course missing her.

“…My general health is good but I suffered almost beyond endurance last night with a tooth ache and Pneuralgia. This morning by time, I put out to Camp went to the Doctor and had it pulled out. It has been easy ever since. It was badly decayed. It was one of my left upper jaw teeth. Cout, I am a little low spirited tonight. I want to hear from you so bad and it is not a pleasant idea to think of leaving such comfortable quarters as we have here and take it in the open woods again. But this will soon pass off when I get away, I hope. I have a good pair of shoes, a good blanket and a good overcoat and I hope will not suffer much. It is cold now. There is a little snow on the ground now. We had a pretty heavy snow a few days ago. I saw some men skating on the pond with skates today, the first I ever saw. …” 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. 109-110.