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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 26, 1863

Conflicting Notions in Letter

A Georgia soldier wrote home to his mother with conflicting notions - first telling her how sick he was, but then asking her not to worry.

“…I will inform you that I am not very well.. I am badly pestered with risings on me. I think they originate from impure vaccination. I am afraid that my health is injured on the account I have been afflicted with sores all this spring. The doctors says it may never get out of my blood. I have not been able for duty for several days nor dont know when I will be. But now dont think that I am sick and be uneasy about me…” Source: Elizabeth Whitley Roberson, In Care of Yellow River: The Complete Civil War Letters of Pvt. Eli Pinson Landers to His Mother (Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 1997), p.126.