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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 10, 1864

Captured Georgia Soldier Wished to Hear from Wife More

A Georgia soldier who had been wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote to his wife, doing well but wishing he could hear from her more often.

“…No letter from you in months, but two of yours indeed having reached me since my capture. I have written regularly. If I could have direct intelligence from Monroe, it would relieve my anxiety. … The monotony of life on Lake Erie does not vary. We rarely even have a blow - never a respectable storm… . The weather is now intensely hot, beyond almost anything I ever experienced. This, however, rarely continues many days in succession. There is much sickness among the prisoners, not severe in type, I think. As we have ample grounds for exercise, I make that the chief daily concern. Next to exercise, I class reading, being provided by friends with suitable books. …” 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), p. 194.