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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 27, 1863

Soldier Proposed Way to Make Money

A Georgia soldier writing home to a friend proposed a way for them to earn some good money.

“… if you desire to make money, I shall put you on the road to a small fortune to be gained in a short time. I propose for you to come here, buy a one-horse vehicle and peddle in the army on just such produce as may be secured in the country. In that way you may realize from $100 to $200 a day. … I am anxious for you to come as I wish to be your partner and divide the profits with you. … Everything that is brought into camp finds a ready sale. I have several times made $10 a day by buying and selling apples… If you can accede to my proposition and wish to enter into a copartnership of that kind, let me know immediately. …” 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. 220.