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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 08, 1863

Soldier Wrote of Lack of Provisons and Missing Family

A Georgia soldier writing home to his wife told of the lack of provisions in camp, and of how much he missed her and their son.

“…Salt has nearly played out here, and rations are short, but it is owing, I suppose to the bad roads between here and the station. They are building a pole road from here to there, but it is not finished yet. … It is not very cold now but it is awful muddy. The boys are in high spirits with the prospect of peace. … I have thought a great deal of you and Henry since I left. Poor little fellow I left him in tears that morning. I shall never forget his look. Cheer up and do the best you can. God bless you both. …” 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. 54.