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In Their Own Words

February 22, 1864

Civil War Soldier Described Travel Back after Furlough

A Georgia soldier on his way back to his company after a furlough wrote to his wife, telling her of his travels, the cold weather, and that his Confederate money was not worth much.

“…I have bin traveling ever since I left home. I am on the line of virginia an tennessee. … My Dear it is the coldest weather I have seen this winter. I met the snow when I got to the line of north carolina which was last Wednesday. the snow is very deep an the creeks an river is frozen over although the weather is now moderating. I did not stop in Macon to get my furlough extended for I found out it would be no use. … I will come back home as soon as I can. My Dear I want you to pay John Wade as soon as you can or by land or something with the rest of your money for it is not worth much hear. …”

Source: Katherine S. Holland (ed.), Keep All My Letters: The Civil War Letters of Richard Henry Brooks, 51st Georgia Infantry (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), pp. 111-112.