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In Their Own Words

October 23, 1862

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Meeting Robert Toombs

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife; he had just returned to service after being home on furlough, where he met one of Georgia’s leading statesmen.

“…I went to call upon Gen. Tooms at his residence. He was not at home. Leaving a card and a message that I would bear any letter from him to the army if sent by the following morning to Mr. Cleveland’s, I returned to take tea… I had been there but a little while when Gen. Toombs called to see me. He spent the evening with us. And a pleasant evening it was, too. I have never yet met any man whom I had rather listen to in conversation than Gen. Toombs. He has the drollest way of saying funny things and the finest way of saying great things imaginable. … My visit home was very pleasant. You were very kind, and I love you more than ever before. … You seem ever so much nearer to me than when I saw you last. I please myself with the fancy that you rested more contentedly in my arms, as if you thought them strong enough and tender enough to shelter you from the storms of life. May it be so. May they never disappoint your generous trust. …”

Source: Anita B. Sams (ed.), With Unabated Trust: Major Henry McDaniel’s Love Letters from Confederate Battlefields as Treasured in Hester McDaniel’s Bonnet Box (The Historical Society of Walton County, Inc., 1977), pp. 108-109.