Camp 49th NC Troops
March 20th 1864
Kind and Affectionate Wife
I have just eat dinner. We had some good Bread, fryed Bacon and Onions. The Government issues Rations to the officers now but they will not sell us any. I like the law very well except when any of our friends comes to see us they must bring their own rations.
The company declares they can not give me up to be the sheriff. They say they will all vote for me if I only will stay with them. They seem very much disturbed about me leaving than I am expecting to leave. Orderly Sergeant Bridges, G. Russell, and several others say that if I leave the company is gone up the spout. They say that Weaver will not do for Captain and Ben is too young etc.
I understand that General Lee has started granting furloughs. We may luck out and get some furloughs before the summer’s campaigns begin. Write to me if your school has commenced and tell me how Johnny is doing and if he is a good boy and Kassey if she gives such sweet little kisses still.
Your true husband
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 1. Original in the C.H. Dixon papers, Duke University Special Collections Library.