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In Their Own Words

August 23, 1864

Civil War Soldier Sent Trinkets, But No Money

A Georgia soldier wrote home to his wife, sending some items for their young son (who he missed), but having no money to send her.

“…I will send Henry a pair of brass martingale rings, which you must tell him is to put on his martingales, and ride his pony with when he gets a little bigger. Give them to him to play with and if he looses them of course, it makes no difference. I send you some buttons. They are not much account if any, but I know you will be glad to get anything from me. I am sorry I have no money to send you this time but I hope to have some before a great while. … I am always so glad to hear from you and my soldier boy and to hear that you are well. Bless his little soul how I want to see him…”

Source: Jeffrey C. Lowe and Sam Hodges (eds.), Letters to Amanda: The Civil War Letters of Marion Hill Fitzpatrick, Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998), p. 81.