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In Their Own Words

October 14, 1861

Sick Soldier Getting Better, Advised Brother on Money

The same soldier who wrote his mother about being sick the previous day, wrote his brother on this day. He was feeling a little better, had heard rumors that his regiment was about to move out, and advised his brother to hold onto his money instead of coming to visit him - apparently they kept some money buried.

“…this letter leaves me a little better than I was yesterday though I did not rest as good last night as I did the night before. I sent for the doctor last night but he did not come. He will be here this morning for sure. I hope that I will not have a spell of the fever if I can get the doctor here in time to break it up before it goes too far. Pole, I am at a private house and the people is as clever to me as if I was a kin to them. I am on a feather bed and as many pillows as I want. … The report is we will get our guns today and leave here Wednesday for Yorktown but I don’t know whether it is so or not for there is so many reports in camp that I don’t know when to believe anything. If the Regiment leaves this week I will not be able to do with the boys. … Tell Mamma to not be uneasy about me for I get the best kind of attention from the people that I am staying with and the Capt does all he can for me…I advise you as a brother to stay at home and take care of your money for I know that money is hard to get in Gwinnett. It will cost you not less than forty five dollars to come and go and that is a heap of money for you to dig out of the ground. …”

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), p. 44.