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In Their Own Words

July 31, 1863

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Impossibility of Coming Home

A Georgia soldier writing home to his mother told her of the futility of trying to come home at this time, and how hard it was for him to leave home when he departed for the war.

“…You requested me to try to come home. You need not to flatter yourself with the thought of me coming for it is impossible for me to do so. No leave of absence is granted at this time. Samp Garner’s father is now in Richmond and Samp cant get off to see him. Oh how glad I would be to roll up to my old sweet home one more time! If I had it I would give 500 dollars to be at home for just two months. But is is very uncertain whether I will ever see it again or not but I hop my resolution hold out… You spoke of something in your letter that has crossed my mind many times since I left home. That was how I looked through I never said a word. I tell I was past speaking. I never was so heart stricken before now but God himself knew my feelings when I left the gate and they can never be expressed. …”

Source: Elizabeth Whitley Roberson, In Care of Yellow River: The Complete Civil War Letters of Pvt. Eli Pinson Landers to His Mother (Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 1997), p.131.