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In Their Own Words

February 20, 1864

Soldier Desperately Missed Wife after Furlough

A Georgia Civil War soldier stationed in Tennessee wrote home to his wife, desperately missing her and their family after returning from a furlough.

“…This is Saturday evening and I feel very lonesome. Oh, how anxious I am to hear from you and to hear how you are getting along. I have written to you since I got back but have not had time for an answer yet. Oh, I want a letter so bad to know how you and Tommy and little Jinney, God bless her little soul. I did not know I loved her so well until I came back. I hope you are all doing well. My health, dear, is very good, never better. I am getting along like always - very well. I had a very cold ride the other night and got my feet frost bit a little I think. … Everything is still here now, no fighting and no prospect of it soon. I have a good tent and chimney and can keep warm. Oh, but it is not like lying with my arms around you, the dearest of the dear. …”

Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), pp. 240-241.