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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 18, 1863

Soldier Wrote of Friends Running Away from Army

A Georgia soldier writing home to his brother told him of some other soldiers leaving the army without permission - a frequent problem for armies on both sides.

“…I am sorry to hear that Stephen and John Jeargin and R.B. Anderson run away from their company. It is enough for the North Carolinians and Virginians to run away! You tell Stephen I say for him to go back to his company and stay there until he gets permission to leave it. They will be punished as deserters. If I don’t come home by the last of February you join the regiment for state troops. They will see better times than we do. I would like very well for you to be here with me, but we see powerful hard times here. There is times that we have to march 20 miles a day and cook half the night. …” 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. 218.