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In Their Own Words

December 19, 1861

Civil War Soldier Wished to be Home for Christmas

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife, telling her how much he wished he could be home for the holidays.

“…You will not receive this before Christmas holidays. I would be glad if I could be with you all. How sad it is to compare our as well as the situation of the country last Christmas and now. … You must write often and tell me evrything. I know that I can not give you the same pleasure in writing that you do me. Kiss our dear boy for me. …”

Source: Randall Allen and Keith S. Bohannon (eds.), “Campaigning with ‘Old Stonewall’: Confederate Captain Ujanirtus Allen’s Letters to his Wife (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998), p. 70.