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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 06, 1863

Father Grateful for Medical Treatment Son Received in North

The father of a Georgia soldier who had been wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote to his sister; he had received two letters from his son and had replied in a secretive manner. He was also grateful for the medical care his son had received in the hands of the Yankees.

“…I have written to Henry by Flag of Truce. I managed to give him some ideas that he will understand and others will not. I am humbly thankful to God that he put it into the hearts of the Yankees to let Henry stay so long at the house of Dr. Wroe, and I would cheerfully walk 100 miles to see and thank that family for their kindness to my poor son. …” 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. 182.