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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 29, 1864

Captured Soldier Reminisced about Spring in Georgia

A Georgia soldier who had been wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote to his wife from a prison camp in Ohio.

“…Winter, at Johnson’s Island, lingers in the lap of Spring. We see no bud nor blossom, though in South the trees are visible only in the distance. I think with a sigh of the fragrance of locust blossoms that now fills the air around you. It would be pleasant to share that breath of Spring with you, but I am glad the trees blossom and the flowers grow for you, if not for me. Who knows? Perhaps I may yet see you ere the Spring be gone. For the newspapers, North and South, seem to think the cartel resumed. … Please remember me to my friends. With affection undiminished by absence and trial, my dear Hester, I am as ever Yours…” 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), pp. 190-191.