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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 08, 1865

Soldier Described Meager New Year’s Meal

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife, describing his meager New Year’s meal, and asking her to not send him any more clothing, but to save it for herself and their son. Soon after he wrote this letter he would get a furlough to come home for a visit.

“…I forgot to tell you about our New Years dinner. We got it on the 4th inst. I believe. It was nearly a failure. I got a little piece of turkey and two small pieces of meat and about four good mouthfuls of lightbread. It was too large an undertaking to try to give the whole army such a dinner. … I am sorry you are making me a coat and heartily wish you had used the cloth for Henry and yourself. Do not make me anymore. I want you to have it for I can draw here and you have a hard task to cloth yourself and family without me. I am so sorry…” 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), p. 197.