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In Their Own Words

August 27, 1863

Civil War Soldier in Good Health, but Not Optimistic about War

A Georgia soldier wrote his wife from Virginia, telling her he was in good health, but was not optimistic about the war.

“…I am enjoying good health and doing very well although I am out of heart about our independence being gained. I think now that the only way to stop the war is by compromise, and I think the sooner it is done the better for us. … But I am not the one to say when the war should close but don’t think it can last long, God grant that it may stop soon…”

Source: Ronald H. Moseley(ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), p. 204.