Jan January
Feb February
Mar March
Apr April
May May
Jun June
Jul July
Aug August
Sep September
Oct October
Nov November
Dec December

In Their Own Words

February 09, 1863

Letter Home Mentioned Smallpox

A Georgia soldier writing home to his mother spoke of a dreaded disease, both in camp and at home, and briefly mentioned the Union having a new commander.

“…I directed it to Yellow River and I understand that it is suspended on account of smallpox. …I would not be surprised if we dont have some very hard fighting before long for the Yankeys has got a new commander and he will want to do something extra. … The smallpox is broke out among us again. W.M Huneycutt of our company was sent to the hospital with them. I have been vaccinated the 2nd time and my front teeth was decaying so fast that I had four of them plugged…”

Source: Elizabeth Whitley Roberson, In Care of Yellow River: The Complete Civil War Letters of Pvt. Eli Pinson Landers to His Mother (Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 1997), p. 115.