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In Their Own Words

April 26, 1861

Wife Did Heavy Sewing for Civil War Soldiers

A man whose wife had done some heavy duty volunteer work inquired as to how he could get it to Georgia soldiers.

“…My Wife…has made fifty shirt and knit thirty pair of socks at her own expense, and she has been informed by her son, Lieutenant Talbot in Dr. Belt’s company from Bulloch County, 9th Georgia Regiment, that you would send them to the soldiers free of expense, if she would send them to you now. If so, please let me know by return mail where to send them and how to direct them. …”

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. 59.