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In Their Own Words

August 29, 1861

Civil War Soldier Received Nice Package, Fought Mosquitos

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his parents, who had sent him a package - some of the items had arrived safely, but the more tasty ones had not. He also mentioned dealing with a common southern pest.

“…I received your presents from John B. My coat came to hand safe, my gloves from Aunt Carrie came safe, my handkerchief and quince likewise. But here comes the pain: my cakes were all spoilt and ruined, not a mouthful fit to eat. He was on the road ten or twelve days, so, of course it spoilt. It nearly broke my heart to think that you, Sis and Carrie fixed them up so nice and then had to be throwed away. … I will change my subject. The worst enemy I have here is the mosquito. I have got the headache this morning on account of fighting them all night. …”

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. 60.