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In Their Own Words

March 17, 1863

Civil War Soldier Blamed Fanatics for War

A Georgia soldier writing home to his mother told her that even attempts to prevent sickness could cause trouble, and of hearing a small skirmish taking place, before ending with a comment on the people who he felt were responsible for the war, and who he hoped would see them through it.

“…I am in good health all except the effects of vaccination. I have almost the afflictions of Job from it. I had some kind of braking out and the vaccination has caused inflammation wherever I am broke out. I can hardly get about without difficulty. … they are fighting now in hearing of us. …it is several miles off but I am listening every minute for them to call on us for reinforcements. … This was is irristible. It was forced on us by the proud fanatics of the nation. Now we can only resist it with the ball and bayonet and let us do it courageously even if we die in the attempt. Let us implore the mercy of God to be with us in such trying times. …”

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), pp. 118-119.