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In Their Own Words

December 15, 1862

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Being Wounded at Fredericksburg

A Georgia soldier writing home to his wife told of being wounded at Fredericksburg.

“…we have had another severe battle and it came very near closing the war with me. I received a wound in the left side from a Sharpshooter while lying down. The ball tore through my havresack and glanced against my ribs braking the skin and bruised me severely and gave me the worst shock I ever imagined of. I received the wound late on the evening of the 13th. I am now at old camp and improving fast. …”

Source: Jeffrey C. Lowe and Sam Hodges (eds.), Letters to Amanda: The Civil War Letters of Marion Hill Fitzpatrick, Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998), p. 36.