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In Their Own Words

June 14, 1864

Civil War Soldiers Loved Getting Mail from Home

A Georgia soldier wrote home to his wife, telling her how much soldiers loved getting mail from home.

“…The mail is the event of the camp. Could our friends witness the crowding round the post-man - the beaming looks of expectation on the swarthy, weather-beaten faces - the cloud of disappointment that settles upon the brows of those who receive nothing - the elastic, happy steps of the favored ones, retiring from the crowd to enjoy their treasure - they would never again imagine that it matters little with soldiers whether or not they receive frequent letters. …”

Source: Anita B. Sams (ed.), With Unabated Trust: Major Henry McDaniel’s Love Letters from Confederate Battlefields as Treasured in Hester McDaniel’s Bonnet Box (The Historical Society of Walton County, Inc., 1977), p. 169.