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In Their Own Words

October 25, 1861

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Slow Recovery from Sickness

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote to his mother, telling her of his slow recovery from an illness.

“…I am getting better. I can walk about in the house now. I have been sick nearly 3 weeks. I was taken with the intermittent fever and I was just getting well of that when I was taken with the measels but they did not hurt me much. My Regiment has left me and gone to Yorktown. … I reckon that I will go to camp in 3 or 4 weeks if I don’t get no backset for I want to be sound when I try it again for I will tell you the camp is a rough place. … I am staying with Mr. Pemberton. They treat me as well as they can and they tend to me like I was a child though I have to pay my way and I have not got the money to pay them now but they say to not mind that for I didn’t have a cent they would treat me as well as if I had 1000 dollars! They have took in about 70 solgers since the war began. …”

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. 45.