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In Their Own Words

August 04, 1862

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Friends in Camp

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife, telling her what his “boys” were doing in camp.

“…The boys [are] all prety quiet just now. Some are asleep, some siting quietly looking for lice. Johnny Brewer is buisy cooking. Berry Rowland singing. John Hick jolly as ever thrashing some fellow with a switch. Lt. Henderson is sick. Arch Tyree was sent to the hospital this morning; he has a severe attact of the pleuracy. Some of the sick boys that were left behind the other day have not got up yet. I am very uneasy about them. The man that has health in an army aught shurly to be thankful. …”

Source: Randall Allen and Keith S. Bohannon (eds.), “Campaigning with ‘Old Stonewall’: Confederate Captain Ujanirtus Allen’s Letters to his Wife (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998), p. 137.