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In Their Own Words

June 15, 1864

Wounded Civil War Soldier Unhappy about Furlough Situation

A Georgia soldier in Virginia had been wounded, but was not happy at all about not getting a furlough while he recovered.

“…my wound is a-curing up as fast as it can. It is too near well for me to get a furlough. I went before the board yesterday, and I failed to get a furlough. You don’t know anything about how bad I have been treated about a furlough. My wound was bad enough to have got a sixty days furlough, and I have been completely chiseled out of it. And I am mad enough with the doctor to wring off his head like I have seen chickens’ heads wrung off before. Now I will not be able to duty in a month, yet it will be that long before my wound is well, and I have got to be here in this hospital and take just such treatment as they are a mind to give me and hospital fare is bad fare. I have been wounded a month now lacking three days, and I have tried every way that I know to get a furlough, and I have failed every time. …”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 303.