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In Their Own Words

March 11, 1864

Civil War Soldier Received Package from Wife

A Georgia soldier stationed in Virginia wrote his wife back home; he had just received a package from her with some much needed items.

“…Tip came day before yesterday and brought your letter of the 3rd inst., my shoes, socks and thread and beeswax all safe. All of which I was glad to get, but I had a piece of wax which was answering my purpose finely, though in sending me that you showed a thoughtfulness for me which I shall never forget. My shoes came in a good time sure for I was without a footcovering at the time. … My thread I am proud of. I have put up a regular tailor shop, and am making my expenses at least by it. … My health is excellent at this time, but I tell you eating is scarce, especially in the meat line. … Tip brought some butter cakes and meat with him which he divides with me. … I have talked to Tip a heap since he came back and it is a great satisfaction to me. He has told me a great deal about my boy and praises him to the highest pitch. …”

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. 125-126.