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In Their Own Words

January 18, 1864

Soldier Prepared to Move, Attended Church, Missed Family

A Georgia soldier stationed in Virginia wrote home to his wife, telling her of their preparation to move, his attending church, and missing her and their son.

“…We have marching orders and expect to start in a few minutes. It is reported that we are going about 25 miles from here near Harrisonburg and go into winter quarters. I hope it is true. … Yesterday was Sunday. I went to church at the Baptist Church at 11 0’clock and at night. I went to a school exhibition one night soon after we came here. It was a nice thing but cost me two dollars. … All our settlement boys are well. I must quit and be ready to start. I will write again soon. Write soon and write me a long letter. May God bless you and my noble boy. Pray for me. …”

Source: Jeffrey C. Lowe and Sam Hodges (eds.), Letters to Amanda: The Civil War Letters of Marion Hill Fitzpatrick, Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998), pp. 112-113.