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William in Field Hospital

On June 28, 1864, William Patterson reports to his mother that he is now in a Field Hospital near Big Shanty, Georgia, with what he calls “lumbago.” During the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, the IV Corps  assaulted the center of … Continue reading

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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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