This Day in Georgia Civil War History
March 20, 1862
Young Soldier Wrote Father from Camp
A young, newly enlisted soldier wrote back to his father from camp; so far things were going well for him.
“Dear Father, I seat myself this evening to rite you a few lines to let you no how I am getting along this leaves me enjoying good health & hope this may reach you enjoying the same blessing. We arrived on Sunday after we left Quitman I enjoyed myself finely since I have been here & the boys are all well pleased we have not been mustard in yet but I think we will be tomorrow there is about six thousand men stationed here I don’t know how long we will stay here. I am well pleased with our officer & I think Capt. Sheffield a world beater. I have no news to write though I no you are anxious to hear from me. Tom is well pleased and I assure you I am pleased to have him here. I think we will be stationed at the Alapaha Bridge on the Gulf road after we drill here for a few weeks we have not had anything to do yet we have got our tents and cooking utensils we get plenty to eat such as beef bacon coffee flour sugar and corn meal. I would not quit this company to go to any other that ever could be made up… .” Source: Glen Spurlock, 50th Georgia Infantry Articles