In Their Own Words
December 04, 1863
Captured, Wounded Civil War Soldier Wrote Wife and Father
A Georgia soldier wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote to his wife from Maryland; he was improving, but was not pleased at the prospect of being sent to a new place.
“…We are to be forwarded to Johnson’s Island, Sandusky, Ohio, in a few days. I do not wish to go. We are comfortable here and I dislike the change. However, I have many friends at Johnson’s Island. Providence has been thus far kind to me in my affliction and I do not distrust the future. My general health is much improved, and I now walk two or three hours each day on the beach and about the grounds, a great relief to my feelings, though very fatiguing and sometimes painful. …”
Source: Anita B. Sams (ed.), With Unabated Trust: Major Henry McDaniel’s Love Letters from Confederate Battlefields as Treasured in Hester McDaniel’s Bonnet Box (The Historical Society of Walton County, Inc., 1977), pp. 186-187.
The same soldier also wrote his father on the same day, telling him a bit more about his recovery.
“…I am now rapidly recovering strength and the tone of health. The grounds of the Hospital admit of abundant exercise of which I freely avail myself, though walking is attended with serious difficulties and inconveniences. I still use a strong bandage and a compress to support the wall of the abdomen. Since I have been permitted to take exercise on the beach I have taken no medicine. …”
Source: Anita B. Sams (ed.), With Unabated Trust: Major Henry McDaniel’s Love Letters from Confederate Battlefields as Treasured in Hester McDaniel’s Bonnet Box (The Historical Society of Walton County, Inc., 1977), p.187.