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In Their Own Words

October 13, 1861

Sick Civil War Soldier Found Private House for Care

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his mother that he was sick, but had found a way to get better than normal care.

“…I am not well at this time, but hope this may find you in better health than it leaves me in. I am sick at this time. I am out in a private house. I don’t know what my spell will terminate into but I hope nothing very serious. I am treated as well here as if I was at home and had my mother to wait on me. Its much better than being in camp in them old tents on the ground like many of my fellow soldiers is. Here I have a good feather bed to lie on and much better attention than if I had of stayed in camp. My Captain is very kind to me. …We have lost three men out of our company and I dont believe they would of died if they had of had a feather bed and a good house to lay in and good attention. I am staying at Mr. Pemberton’s. They are very kind to me. …”

Source: Elizabeth Whitley Roberson, In Care of Yellow River: The Complete Civil War Letters of Pvt. Eli Pinson Landers to His Mother (Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 1997), pp. 43-44.