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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 30, 1865

Captured Georgia Soldier Tried to Ease Wife’s Concerns

A Georgia soldier being held prisoner in New York wrote home to his wife, glad to finally hear from her, and trying to ease her worries about him.

“… I seat my self to write in answer yours of the 18 Decr which I have just received it is the first letter I have had from you since I have bin a prisoner. it found me well I have had good health all the time. I was very glad to hear you all was in good health. … My Dear you wrote of trouble do not be troubled about me if you can help it. although we are miles apart. should life last I will return to you some time I cannot say when. it will be months an may be years although do the best you can. … give my respects to Enquiring friends. school our children tell them Papa will be home some time. I want to see them very bad. …” Source: Katherine S. Holland (ed.), Keep All My Letters: The Civil War Letters of Richard Henry Brooks, 51st Georgia Infantry (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), p.121.