In Their Own Words
December 30, 1863
Civil War Soldier Wrote of Dreary Christmas Day
A Georgia soldier then stationed in Florida wrote home to his wife, telling her they were about to move, and how he experienced a dreary Christmas Day.
My Dear Wife Yours of Dec. 20th came safe to hand. It gave me the extreme pleasure of hearing wonce more that you was all well and doing well. This leaves me in good health with the exception of the toothache occasionally which troubles me a goodeal at knight. I recd the paper that you sent me in your letter. We have recd orders to cook 3 days rations to be ready to move sume whare at a minutes warning but we know not whare it will be. Col. Evans thinks however we will go to Savannah the first place and from there we may go to Charleston. You can direct your letters as you hav been doing here to fore. If we do move I will inform you as soon as we arrive to hour place of destination. I written to George a few days ago. We had a vary dull Christmas here in camps. It was raining all most incesantly and the wind blew vary hard for a bowt 12 hours or more. If you can se any chance to send my comforter to Collumbus do so. Send it to Greenwood & Gray, office in care of Lieutenant Russel who belongs to hour company and he will bring it to me. You may rap me up a little red pepper and sume sage in the same bundle as I know you have plenty of each. Send it thare by the 7th or 8th of January as Lt. Russel will start to the Redgement about the 10th of January. He told me he would bring it if you would send it to Greenwood & Gray office. Rap it well and have it markt to me. Get whoever carrys it to town to get them to mark it as they will understand how better than you would. If they could se Russel and give it to him it would be safe as he would mark it himself. Peddy will not get to come home as we expected he would in January as they hav quit granting furloughs here for the preasant. You can se by that if I fail to get my comforter by Russel that I may not get it attawl or at least not soon. I must close for this time as I am in a hurry to mail my letter in time to go on dress parade. Kiss the children for me and give my love to all enquiring friends. I remain yours as ever until death.