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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 18, 1864

Arkansas Soldier Returned to Georgia to Fight

A soldier from Arkansas who had grown up in Georgia was back in his native state fighting; on this day wrote to an old friend of his still in Georgia.

“…After pertaking of a hardy breakfast of Soldiers diet whitch consist of cornbread and bacon I assume the pleasure of writing you a line which I hope may find you all the happy participants of good health. This leaves me in the enjoyment of good health. Taylor, I hav had some hard times since I was with you. I have went day and night, rain or shine. I have went ten or fifteen days and nights without pulling off my shoes. But I have stood all the hardships finely. … I would like to come down to see you all but I don’t know how I am to get off. I think I shall try to get off under the pretents of geting vegetables. I want you to let me know what you think the chance would be fer geting sutch down their as peas, potatoes, cabbage, onions, etc. … You must giv my best wishes to all the girls and remember me to your kind parents and to all the famly. …” Source: Hugh McKee (ed.), The McKee Letters 1859-1880. Second Edition. (Milledgeville, Boyd Publishing Company, 2001), pp.146-147.