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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 05, 1865

Captured Georgia Soldier Again Wrote Brother

A Georgia soldier being held prisoner in Ohio wrote to his brother, also a prisoner, but in New York.

“…I have your letter of 25th ult. and was glad to learn of your improved condition. Hope you will find your anticipations of comforts, et cet., realized. But most of all I hope you may soon by sent South for exchange. I have written to Major Printup to see if he can hasten your departure. I can imagine how anxious you are to get home. The feeling is the same in all of us. Try to make your conduct such that you may not carry home with you the sting of regrets. You cannot control your fortune, or the fortune of war, but you can so act as to lose none of the self-respect you learned at home. … I have nothing very late from the South. Ira and my father were still in Monroe. All well. Many of my friends have gone on exchange. I trust soon to follow them. It would complete my joy to meet my brother on the way. … 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), p. 218.