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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 24, 1862

One Soldier Died, Another Enlisted

Someone writing from a hospital in Virginia wrote back to Georgia with the sad news of the passing of another Georgia soldier.

“…God in his providence has seen fit to lay the hand of affliction upon you. He who you loved so much is no more. Your husband was admitted into this ward as a patient on July 11th suffering with chronic diarrhea which continued (notwithstanding every possible attention both in the way of nursing and the administration of medicine) to pray upon his system until he became completely overcome of all strength and died on the evening of September 22nd, a little past midnight. …” 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. 189.

While one passed away, another enlisted - here is the Oath of Allegiance to the state of Georgia taken by a soldier - William S. Holt - on this day.