In Their Own Words
December 29, 1862
Wounded Civil War Soldier Wrote Home to Wife
A wounded Georgia soldier wrote to his wife from a Virginia hospital.
“…I am getting on very well. My whole left side pains me some yet but not much. I cannot sleep on that side yet. The Dr. permits me to go about now inside the enclosure but no patient is permitted to go outside. … My appetite is excellent and I eat about all I can get. They serve lightbread, beef, soup, peas…We get coffee and breakfast for supper. … They have hospital underclothes, that is, shirt and drawers for us to wear all the time we stay here…”
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. 42.