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In Their Own Words

August 28, 1863

Georgia Civil War Soldier Missed Peaches

A Georgia soldier wrote home to his wife; he was missing a Georgia specialty.

“…It makes my mouth water to read of your having so many peaches. I never see one, and only a few inferior apples, which sell from one to two dollars per doz. I see a watermelon occasionally. They sell for from five to ten dollars a piece. … We are doing better in the eating line than usual. We draw about equal quantities of flour and meal, beef and bacon which is much better than altogether of either. We put soda in the meal as regular as we do in the flour. It helps it the most in the world. … We only eat twice a day. My appetite is excellent now and I enjoy eating to the utmost. …”

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. 83.