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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 08, 1865

Captured Georgia Soldier Hoped to Hear from Wife

A Georgia soldier who was wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote home to his wife, hoping to hear from her as well, and assuring her that he was alright.

“…It seems that communication with the South by Flags of Truce has been resumed. We are anxiously awaiting the first mail after a deprivation for months. May I not hope that your dear handwriting will greet my eye? More than half a year has elapsed since I have heard directly from you. … Do not be uneasy about mt health and comfort. Providence has dealt kindly by me. I will not suffer more than I can cheerfully and patiently endure. I have been quite uneasy about you and yours. May God bless and preserve you! …” 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. 213-214.