In Their Own Words
August 16, 1864
Civil War Soldier Wrote of Severe Wounds, but Excellent Care
A Georgia soldier in a hospital in Washington, D.C. wrote to his sister, telling her of his severe wounds, but that he was receiving excellent care.
“…I have lost my right hand. I have also a severe wound in the right leg, one of the bones being badly fractured, and I fear that I will have to lose my leg, though the surgeon appears to be confident that he can save it. My strength holds out pretty well. My health otherwise is good. I am under charge of excellent surgeons and receive every attention. The hospital is well-managed, and I could not be better treated. Write to the rest of my Sisters and let them know where I am….”
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. 329.