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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 13, 1864

Soldier Wrote of Marching and Camping in Snow

A Georgia soldier stationed in Virginia wrote to his wife, telling her of his adventures moving from one location to another.

“…I am well worn out. … We started through the snow, wagons and all, and took it by foot across the mountains. … We had a good place to camp the first night, built a big fire, raked away the snow, and fared pretty well. The second night…Dave and I had to take it by ourselves. We camped right among the mountains on a steep mountain side. … I had all the cutting to do and after hard work, and Dave’s getting about fifty falls on the snow we got a fire, cooked our supper and tried to lay down to sleep. We had only one blanket apiece and it was so steep and rocky that we done but little sleeping. … The next day we crossed the mountains. The road was covered with snow and ice, and it was hard work getting the wagons over. … Early the next morning we come up with the Brigade, coming from Winchester on their way to this place. That was yesterday. We camped two miles from here last night. We got to a place where there was no snow hardly, built a large fire, lay down around it and slept soundly. …” 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. 110-111.