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A Short Note from William

On June 22, 1864, William Patterson wrote a short note to his mother from a camp near Marisville, Georgia.  In the letter, William reports that he has been off duty for 10 days due to a bout of “lumbago”  (Note: … Continue reading

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William “in bed for six days”

Almost from the beginning of the war, William Patterson had health issues.  In 1862 he suffered from what soldiers called “camp fever.”  Today we call it typhoid.  As the war continued, William had bouts of a variety of complaints.  In this … Continue reading

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“God in his goodness….”

On June 1, 1864, William Patterson wrote a short note to his mother reporting that “God in his goodness has spared his life so far.”  Since his last letter (May 21st), the 1st OVI had participated in several battles with … Continue reading

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