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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 27, 1864

Soldier Wrote from Dalton

A Georgia soldier in the army in Dalton wrote home to his wife on this day. For an interesting look at the letter, see the source link - they have an actual image of the letter and its transcription. What is reprinted below is the “translation.”

Camp near Dalton [Georgia] Dear wife, I seat myself this evening to write you a few lines to let you know how I am. I am tolerable well at this time, hoping those few lines may come safe to your hands in due time and find you all well. I would have been mighty proud if you had have let Frank come to see me. You must send him next time. I sent my white blanket home in wash woodward box. You can go and get it. It will start home in the morning. I don’t see any chance for me to get to come home. You must do the best you can and take good care of yourself. I don’t want you to work any at all. The children can do all that is to do. I think my children is too smart to let their mother do the work. I can send my letters to Mr. Barnwell’s if you want them sent there. You can write whether you do or not. I do want to see you all mighty bad. So nothing more at this time, only I remain your loving husband ‘til death. Source: Cannon Civil War Letters