In Their Own Words
October 23, 1864
Civil War Soldier Asked Wife for Special Clothing
A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife, asking her to make him a special article of clothing, with a certain kind of protection in mind. And he talked of missing his young son.
“…I want you to make me some drawers anyhow, for the government drawers are pretty sorry sure and soon rip up. In making soldiers’ clothing, all of you should recollect that we have some neighbors here called lice and be sure to fell (I believe that is what they call it) all the seams. Or in other words, sew it down tight everywhere so they will have no hiding place. … I am always so glad to hear that Henry is well and hearty. I suppose he can controll his puppy pretty well now. I would be so glad to see them frolicing together. Write me if Henry can go to his Grand Ma’s by himself now, and all about him. …”
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), pp.179-180.