August the 7, 1861 Yorktown VA.
Dear Brother I again take the opportunity of trying to Rite to you to let you know that I Received your kind and loving letter in dew Time and was glad To here from you all and here that you was all well I would have Rote soner But I have bin sick for 3 weekes & was very low When I Received your leter & I am bad of yet But I do hope and pray that I may git well And live to return To my desolate famley onst More there is about half of our Company sick at this time and some of them is Bad of there was One of our Company departed this life last knight And it is to Be hoped that he is gone to rest where there will be no Battles to fight nor no lamenting to git home But where all is Well he was a young Man by the name of harrison avry a son of James avrys ** And I think he was a good boy & herd some of our men Say this morning that they thought he was prepared To dye as To fiting We hant had nary battle sense the battle at Bethel Church all of our men has Gone down there know But our ridgment gineral Mcgrooder has tuck 10 thousand men down there And is agoing to attact newport news this is The Morning that he was to Make the attact But we hant herd from them to day it will be asevear attact for they ar well fortyfide there I think our men will tak it But they will lose many of ther men they left here the other day with John and Brach hmhills Brother he dyde here and they tuck him home I want you to give John hemphill houdy for me tell him that I would be glad To Se him tell old ant Cate hemphill houdy for me I am so weake that I Cant hardley setup to Rite But I will try to give you alittle histry of the battle At Manases Junction on sunday the 20 of July they had apourful Battle there they fit one hole day they only kiled about 5 hundred of our men and wonded about 4 or 5 thousand our men kiled 7 or 8 thousand of the yankes & wonded 15 or 18 thousand of them We whipt them Badley and tuck every thing they had the say when they did Retrete that they run over one another & women & Children and kiled lots of them selves I supose the like never was knowd in the world our men got about 70 peaces of Canon & 20 thousand stand of armes And 500 wagons & teames besides thousands of other things they say what they got from the Enemy was worth one Million & ahalf of dollars If I made no mistake in reding your letter I think that you said that mother said if she had Somebody to Come with her that she would Come To se me I would give this hold world if I Could Just se her Coming But that I never expect to Se tell My Dear old mother houdy for me if I Could se her this morning I dont know what I would give I still try to pray that I may live to git home onst more to se you all But it is doutful about that tell Mr Walker that I send him houdy and my best love & Respects tell him to Remember me in all of his prays give Mrs Satterwhite and famley houdy for me and all inquirn friends tell Gorge & gemima houdy for me tell them that I think they Might Rite to me I would rite to them But I so mutch riting to do for our boys that I hant got the Chance tell mr alen that I hant forgot what I ow him & if I live to git back I will pay him give him my respects Columbus & Joseph Williams is well it mity Bad to be sick here for there Is nothing to eate that asick man Can eat We ar looking for thomas walton & others here today mary Rote to me that she was going to send me abox of Aples & Cucumbers & unions she would send me Somthing that I Could eat But she hant the Money to git it with nor I Cant no money to send To her We hant got no Cent of our wagers yet they Ow us about 40 dollars each know if could some of it we Could by somthing that we Could eat here But it would be hye to pay ther prices Afew lines to Marthy it made proud to think that you put up your potisions in my behalf Marthy I do hope and pray that they war herd and ansurd in haven I also try to pray for you all as well as I know how there is aheep of wekeedness going on here But thank God I never have have pertuck with none of it nor I never intend to as long as I live let that be long or short I want you to beshure to Rite sone as this Comes to hand If we should live to se that time Role Round We will be disbanded the 13 of november in Raleigh
So nothing more at present only Remanes your loving Brother till Death
So farwell Peter Poteet to F.M. Poteet
And famley Mother and all inquirnes friends
Source: Peter Poteet to Francis Marion Poteet, Aug. 7, 1861, Poteet-Dickson Letters, 1861-1902. PC 1825, North Carolina State Archives, Part of the NC Digital Collections: http://digital.ncdcr.gov/u?/p15012coll8,2122
** Cornelia McGimsey writes in her letter on August 21st that she attended Harrison Avery’s funeral in her letter to her beau Lewis Warlick. That letter will be on the blog later this month.