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In Their Own Words

November 19, 1864

Letter from Captured Georgia Soldier

After capture at the Battle of the Wilderness in May, Capt. G.W. Roughton of the 49th Georgia Infantry wrote his wife Elizabeth from Ft. Pulaski, Georgia, where he was being held as a prisoner:

“Dearest Lizzie: There were two hundred of our party called out this morning to go somewhere but I dont know where as I am one of the numbers I will write so you may know that I have left this place. It may be for exchange but I fear it is to some Northern prison. I have left a friend to send my letters after me so you must write to this place till you hear from me as my time here is short. I must close. Kiss the baby for me and give my love to Ma, Pa, and except the same, may God help you all and keep you from all harm. I am well.”

Source: The Civil War in Washington County