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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 16, 1864

Soldier Wrote of Severe Wound, but Excellent Care

A Georgia soldier in a hospital in Washington, D.C. wrote to his sister, telling her of his severe wounds, but that he was receiving excellent care.

“…I have lost my right hand. I have also a severe wound in the right leg, one of the bones being badly fractured, and I fear that I will have to lose my leg, though the surgeon appears to be confident that he can save it. My strength holds out pretty well. My health otherwise is good. I am under charge of excellent surgeons and receive every attention. The hospital is well-managed, and I could not be better treated. Write to the rest of my Sisters and let them know where I am…. Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 329.