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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 24, 1864

Captured Georgia Soldier Wrote to Captured Brother Again

A Georgia soldier wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote to one of his brothers - who had also been wounded and captured and was being held in New York. He told him of a third brother who had suffered the same fate, and a fourth who had been killed. Their father had joined the forces trying to defend Atlanta.

“…After a long period of painful suspense and an extended search, I have found a trace of you. My father first announced your capture. I will not scold you for not writing, for not sending me, at all events, a message, for I know you must have good reason for your silence. I wish I had cheerful news for you. Recent experience must have taught you much self-control, at least I trust it is so. Never forget that dark, sorrowful days will not last evermore. We have reason to remember that, Ira commanded his company in the battle at Monocacy Junction, Md., Sanders assisting as Acting Lieutenant. Ira was wounded through the foot and calf and left with other wounded at Frederick City. Sanders fell early in the action, pierced through the heart. … Our father is an officer in Georgia State Troops at Atlanta. … 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. 200.