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In Their Own Words

March 27, 1864

Civil War Letter Compared Women

From Franklin Depot, Va., Sgt.-Major William J. Mosely of Co. D in the 10th Georgia Battalion wrote home of thing other than war. Based on what he had observed, Virginia’s young women could not compare with those of Georgia:

“I and Lieut. Amason went over the river and had a few rounds with Some very nice ladies, and while we were over there we heard of a weding, which came off that morning and they were going to have a frolic that night so we came back and got Sgt. Parker and here we went through the Snow about a mile and a half and we arrived at the place (Mr. Daughtry’s) and the house was crowded with young ladies, but I never Saw as ugly a Set in my life, they were so ugly the flies will not light on them, and I never heard Such Singing in my life. I have head Something Similar, though better, in our negro kitchens down South, though we passed off the time very well, we made them believe that we had never Seen anything like it, and Shure enough we never. If nothing hepens I will go to a party tomorrow night where there is Some pretty girls and a little more like they are in Georgia, but none of them Suit me near so well as the Georgia girls. Some of the boys Say if they get to go back to Georgia, they are going to carry a wife with them from Virginia, but if the war was to last 20 years, and I had to Stay in Virginia all the time, I would never marry a Virginia lady, unless I could find one that Suited me much better than any I have ever come across yet, and I think I have Seen about as good as the State affords.”

Source: Spencer B. King, Jr., Georgia Voices: A Documentary History to 1872 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1974 reprint of 1966 original volume), p. 288.