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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 07, 1864

Captured Georgia Soldier Wrote to Captured Brother

A Georgia soldier who had been wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote to his brother, who had recently suffered the same fate; he had some knowing advice for him.

“…I have rec’d your letter of the 28th ult. and was truly glad to hear from you. It has been long since your handwriting greeted my eye. You are fortunate in your wound and at the same time unfortunate. Wounds in the foot usually heal slowly. You must exercise patience, be in no hurry to leave [the] hospital if your wishes are consulted. … Are you supplied with clothing? Let me know precisely. If you have money now or receive it hereafter, be sparing in the use of it whilst in the hospital. You will need it more in prison. … Write home whenever you can and to me. Tell me the home news. Write one page only. …” 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. 197-198.