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In Their Own Words

February 02, 1864

Soldier Witnessed Many Illnesses

A Georgia soldier stationed in Savannah wrote to his wife; he had been been spending a lot of time on guard duty, and told her of the many sicknesses he had encountered, although he himself was still in good health.

My wife
yours of the 24th came dewly to hand. It gave me extream pleasure to hear that you was all in the enjoyment of a reasonable portion of health at that time. This leaves me in the enjoyment of tolerable health. I hav received 2 letters from you since I writ to you. One of them come by the way of Tallahassa & consequently it was of old date. I no news of any importance to write to you at preasant. Only we hav been under marching orders again since I writ to you but I believe the order has been countermanded and the probability is that we may stay here sume time as the yankeys keep making sume demonstrations of an attact round about on the coast around about Savannah tho I do not think that they will attact the fortifications around here yet for the yanks downt want this place for the reason they have too many friends in this city. They fire their cannon around on the coast jest to keep a army station here to weken otherpoints.
I have jest returned off picket at which place we stade 24 hours. Hour duty is vary heavy her we hav to stand gard twice a week and drill 4 hours each day when we are not on gard duty. We attended a review in Savannah. Old Buragard was thare to inspect us. It was a grandsight to one who never saw the like before.
I se Mr. Radney about twice a week. He told me he had jest received a letter from home. He said all was wel but there had been a grate many caces of pneumony and other sickness. Old Mrs. Prather is ded. Sorsby has lost 2 negros this winter but I do not know which ones it is that is ded. Peddy started home last Saturday. I sent my old carpet sack home by him and my old clothes and a new shirt and a par of drawers which you may cut up for the children as you will se that they are not fit for me to ware. He left them at Box Spring if he saw any person to leave it with and if not he carryed it home with him. I will send you the key of the carpet sack in this letter. If he carryed them home with him send for them by the first one that passes down that way. I think the chance will be vary good for me to come home this spring as they are furlowghing from this army tollerable liberal at this time. Write me all the news that you hav. I want to se you vary much indeed also the children. I remain yours as ever untill death.

Source: The Letters of Edmond Hardy Jones, Private, 64th Georgia