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In Their Own Words

March 22, 1863

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Recovery from Mumps

A Georgia soldier wrote to his wife about his recovery from mumps, and was glad to report no more cases of an even more dreaded disease.

“…My health is still improving. In fact, I am nearly well now except weakness, and I am rapidly gaining my strength. It will be two weeks tomorrow since I was taken sick, and by being careful now I think I will be soon be straight again. … We have had no more cases of Small Pox and I think the danger is about past now. …”

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. 60-61.