This Day in Georgia Civil War History
January 08, 1863
Soldier Thanked Mother for Sent Items
A Georgia soldier writing home to his mother thanked her profusely for the items she had sent to him.
“…the boxes came up, and went to see what was for me. I found a blanket, a quilt, a pound cake, some ginger cakes, some ground peas, and nearly a bushel of red peppers! … I sold about one-forth of it for $5 and gave Lieutenant Jackson a string and Lieutenant Callaway a string and some of my friends some, and I have got enough to do me during the war provided it doesn’t last over five years. I will pound it up and put it in a bag, so I can carry it along handily. I was so proud to get those articles. My mess praised the cake very highly, and I slept so warm and good under my quilt and blanket. Tell Barbery that I am a thousand times obliged to her for that quilt. God bless your dear soul, Mother. …” Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 211.