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In Their Own Words

August 28, 1864

Sick Civil War Soldier Told Wife Not to Worry

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife that he was very sick, but hoped she wouldn’t worry about him.

“…I have been sick with fever for about two weeks. I was taken very suddenly. I was sent to our Brigade hospital first but our Reg. moved and they moved the sick too. I have had too much fever to try to write to you before this morning. My throat and mouth is very sore. … I had heard of Alex’s [his brother] death before I got your letters telling about it. I am in no fix to write. I am too weak and feverish. … Don’t be atall uneasy about me. …”

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.168.