Illnesses, desertions, and battlefield losses all contributed to the dire Confederate position in the final years of the Civil War. Confederate Pvt. William Elisha Stoker vented his frustrations at his denial for leave and told his wife "I am as mad as a wet hen". The Confederacy allowed for "but one from our Co. [company]" to be sent home due to the already strained position the Army was in after disastrous defeats at Gettysburg and Chattanooga in 1863. (By Shane Harding)
William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, December 28, 1863
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