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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 14, 1865

Soldier Returning from Furlough Missed Family

A soldier returning to duty in Virginia after spending furlough time at home in Georgia was already missing his wife and young son badly.

“…my heart is heavy. I think of you and Henry all the time, and often want to get off to myself and take a big cry, to relieve the burden from my heart. Poor little Henry, he followed me up to his Grandma’s that morning and I told him good-by again, and he halloed goodby Pa after I had got in the buggy and started. It nearly broke my heart. May God protect him and you is my humble prayer. … From what I can gather I think I can flank Augusta by going by Washington and walking 60 miles across South Carolina. … I earnestly hope that we may yet meet again and spend many happy days together. … 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. 199-200.