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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 03, 1863

Soldier Wrote of Missing Wife

A Georgia soldier writing home to his wife told her how much he missed her, and was sorry for making her miss him.

“…Your sickness and grief touched me deeply. The sad tone of your letter which shows that you are suffering much for want of the loving words which for a brief space you loved to hear. … I miss your company sadly. My time at home with you seems like a beam of sunshine that came upon me and passed suddenly away. I hope you are not desponding now since you have received some of my five letters that I have sent you. … My love, cheer up now and not fail to be happy and cheerful. You have strength of character to overcome your griefs, and besides you have a never failing source to apply to by prayer. Lyra, do not forget what I said to you about coming near to God and being a trusting loving child of his. I go away often in the clear mornings and pray for you and our little son, as well as those who are with me in the war and the others. Don’t forget my love. …” Source: Milo Grow’s Letters from the Civil War