In Their Own Words
July 31, 1862
Civil War Soldier Wrote to Mother of Calm Camp
A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his mother - for the time being things were calm in his camp.
“…Times is very still here now. We are in regular camp yet and no prospect for any confusion shortly I dont think. We enjoy ourselves finely here now. But we have to drill a heap, but that is good exercise. When I wrote you last I said we was going to move and so we did but we did not go far. We have a beautiful camp ground and plenty of the best kind of water. I would be glad if we could stay here all summer but there is no telling when we will have to leave. …”
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. 91.