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In Their Own Words

August 09, 1864

Soldier Offered Wife Advice on Dealing with Yankees

A Georgia soldier wrote home to his wife, worried about her with the Yankees nearby, and advising her on how to deal with them.

“…Eliza, the last thing I have heard from home was that there was a regiment of Yankees stationed there in the store house, that is with their headquarters in it. A man by the name of Bowman told us he was in sight of the house and saw them. I am very uneasy about you, but I hope they will not hurt you nor take all you have to eat. I hope you will treat them so as to be treated well. I don’t want you to try to wheedle in with them, only treat them with the respect that is due an enemy. Don’t deny that I am in the war for they think more of a man that will fight for his country than one that won’t. …”

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. 327.