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In Their Own Words

November 30, 1862

Letter from Fredericksburg Mentioned Threat of Snow and Battle

A Georgia soldier wrote home to his mother from Fredericksburg.

“…The weather still threatens snow. …I see no more prospect of a fight today. Both sides seem to be calm but we know not what hour they may begin. …My cough troubles me so I can hardly write. I fear it will seat itself in me but dont be uneasy about me. I will try and take care of myself. Tell E.M to bring me a dram and some pretty girls respects when he comes! Bring the dram anyhow if he cant bring nothing else! …”

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. 105.