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In Their Own Words

November 27, 1863

Civil War Soldier Needed Pocketknife, Handkerchief, and to See Wife

A Georgia soldier in Tennessee wrote to his wife, asking her to send him some items, and wishing he could see her.

“…there are two things that I need that I can’t get here; that is a pocketknife and a handkerchief. Please send me a handkerchief the first chance. There will be no chance for a furlough until this campaign is over and then I make an effort to get one. Be ye steadfast in the faith till I come. Give yourself to prayer, fasting, [and] faith and be ready into any good word and works. …”

Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), p. 233.