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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 08, 1865

Captured Georgia Soldier Wanted to Hear from Wife

A Georgia soldier wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote home to his wife from a prison in Ohio, disappointed that he had no letter from her, but this was likely because of mail delivery being interrupted.

“…I am forced to reiterate the familiar cry - no letter. It is a consolation to know that a portion of my letters reach you. … But I look daily for the batch of old missives that have been detained by the way. Letters from Aunt Mary, Ira and Carrie Sanders have been received. The information those contained relieved my anxiety about affairs at home. The suspense had been unutterably painful. … On every Wednesday night there is held a small prayer-meeting in my room. The old familiar songs are sung, the loved [ones] at home are remembered in prayers of men familiar with every experience of grim-visaged war. … There are none on earth I love better. Monroe was before me; the dear old church hard by my grandmother’s home, the other scarcely less dear from kindred associations, those whom I have so often met within their sacred walls. I have abiding faith that I shall one day meet them as of old. …” Source: Anita B. Sams (ed.), With Unabated Trust: Major Henry McDaniel’s Love Letters from Confederate Battlefields as Treasured in Hester McDaniel’s Bonnet Box (The Historical Society of Walton County, Inc., 1977), pp. 216-217.