In Their Own Words
August 06, 1863
Civil War Soldier Wrote of Suffering in Army
A Georgia soldier wrote to his wife from Virginia, describing the suffering the army was undergoing.
“…Oh, the suffering that our troops has to suffer. Just think of the searching rays of sun of August and men marching with their baggage on their back. Marching barefooted, their clothes almost torn off them and [on] half rations. God deliver our people from the curse that overhangs them. We have to buy or suffer and the men have not been paid off in five months. …”
Source: Ronald H. Moseley(ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), p. 198.