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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 29, 1864

Captured Georgia Soldier Wrote Wife, Concerned for Brothers

A Georgia soldier wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote to his wife; he had heard some of the news from Atlanta from a fellow prisoner, and was worried about two of his brothers - also wounded and captured. A third brother had been killed.

“… Col. Cooper Nisbet, 66 Ga, captured on the 22nd ult. before Atlanta, is here and a member of my private mess. He gave me much personal intelligence. Indeed, with what I have heard from him, and from a recent letter from Gen. Anderson’s Hd. Qrs., I am better informed about affairs and persons than at any time since my capture. … I have undergone keen anxiety about my brothers. Ira lies in [a] hospital at Baltimore and, from a letter showed me this morning by Col. Phillips of Georgia from a lady who has been kind to him, I fear his recovery is doubtful. I have heard of Egbert, but not from him. He is supposed to be at Elmira, N.Y. All that remains of poor Sanders has been kindly cared for at Frederick City, Md. …” 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. 201.