In Their Own Words
April 03, 1864
Civil War Soldier Thanked Wife for Letter and Package
A Georgia soldier in Virginia had just received a letter and package from his wife; he wrote back to thank her.
“…You are a witch to guess at my wants sure, for the ham of meat and $10.00 was the very thing I was needing and I am glad to get them. Also the gloves suspenders patches and thread and tobacco, all of which I rec. safely and now return my thanks to you for them. … My gloves just fit and are just the idea. … The things you sent are much the best and I treasure them because they came from you. … My health is excellent at this time and I am getting on finely. … We are fixing up a nice pudden for dinner. I do not know how we will come out as we will have to put meal instead of flour in it but we have plenty of sugar to put in it. … It is nearly fair and tolerably pleasant today, but we have had rain cold and snow in a full supply recently. The boys have decided to put a chimney to our tent tomorrow and I am glad of it. … Write soon and write me a long letter all about my boy and everything of the kind. …”
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. 131-132.