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In Their Own Words

December 18, 1864

Captured Civil War Soldier Doing Well, Worried about Wife

A Georgia soldier wounded and captured in the Gettysburg campaign wrote home to his wife, telling her he was doing well, although worried about her.

“…The anniversary of my arrival at Johnson’s Island has just passed. I am cheerful and hopeful. Providence is kind. Do not be uneasy about me. Exchange will come by and by. Meantime I employ my time in regularly reading books of law or history and miscellanies germane to my profession, besides current newspapers. My room is pleasant and my companions are agreeable. I have been very uneasy about you. That God may preserve you and others in Monroe from harm is my earnest prayer! Kind remembrances to all. Cherishing above all things your memory…”

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. 210.