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In Their Own Words

November 01, 1861

Civil War Soldier Told of Guarding Prisoners

A Georgia soldier in North Carolina writing home to his family told them - with some creative spelling - of his experiences thus far in the war.

“…We have been so busy fixing up our new camp. … I received all the close you sent by Captain Stewart, and I am a thousand times oblige to you for them. … We have formed a brigade here will be helt as a resurve. … I like it mutch better than Richmond. I was never pruder of anything than I was to get shut of garding the prisners. There was seven hundred and fifty fetched in the day before we left. We garded them five weeks and waited on them. I have a ring which one of them made out of a bone. He give it to me to remember him. We treated them very kindly. … I have not had a day of sickness since I left the Shanty except the Camp measles which I had while I was in Richmond. They broke out one day and went in the next. … I have never been put under guard nor on extry duty. I haven’t even had a cross agants me since I joined this company…”

Source: Hugh McKee (ed.), The McKee Letters 1859-1880. Second Edition. (Milledgeville, Boyd Publishing Company, 2001), pp. 45-46