In Their Own Words
May 26, 1864
Civil War Soldier Wrote of Finally Getting Some Rest
A Georgia soldier who had been involved in much of the fighting in Virginia wrote to his wife that he had finally gotten some rest, but expected more fighting soon.
“…we were relieved and since then our Brigade has been in reserve or on the second line and we have had some good rest. … I have slept undisturbed for two nights, and also have slept a good portion of the day time and feel considerable revived. I shaved yesterday and took off all my whiskers which helped my feelings. If I had the chance to wash the shirt and drawers I have on I would feel much better. I have a clean shirt and pair of drawers along but do not want to put them on unless I could wash these I have on. for they would be too heavy to carry with so much mud on them. As I said we are on the second line now but we are only 100 yards from the first line. We have excellent breastworks and are waiting the attack of the Yanks who are in sight of us. They canonade us hot and heavy, sometimes with solid balls and sometime with shell. … Heavy skirmishing is going on at this time and continues nearly all the time but it is not much sign of a fight. I almost wish they would come on us here in our works, for we would ruin them. I may be deceived but my opinion is that Grant is afraid to fight us behind works and will try to dodge around us again and get nearer to Richmond. …”
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.148-149.