Camp near Orange CH Va
March 29th 1864
My dearest Friend
I am very anxious to hear from you soon and often and I have concluded the oftener I write the more you will answer. I will endeavor to write every week but if you should not hear from me weekly do not be uneasy as it is often the case a march prevents writing regularly. I have taken severe cold since I returned; for three or four nights after my arrival it was very cold and being rather scarce of bedding the consequence was I slept cold therefore I think is the cause of having such a cold. I haven’t gone before the board yet nor do I know when I will, there has been two appointments for its session but other things crowded it out, and now I suppose it will be toward the last of the week before it will be done as Gov. Vance is with us speaking and nothing can be done while he remains here. I think there is no doubt but that I will pass the examining board as I have been recommended by Col. Martin and also have an appointment from Gov. Vance, or rather from the executive Officer signed by the Gov. entitling me a commission if the judgment of the examining board I am qualified the fill the position; well when I go before it I will first show my appointment, then they will want to know by whom I was recommended (as they will see some one recommended me as the appointment could never have come) I will say Col. Martin after which I will be asked but few questions; so say men who have been examined.
Today at 10 o’clock ours and Cook’s brigade are to be reviewed by Gov. Vance, I suppose, and at 12 the Gov. speaks to them. I’m sorry to say that Holden will get a strong vote in Co. B.
I suppose you have seen an account in the papers of the engagement between ours and the Cooke’s brigades, with snow balls it was a great sight. Officers are now drawing the same amount of rations as men in the ranks some of them think it hard but as for myself I can live on as little as anyone without murmuring if the Confederate States can do no better.
I am willing to live a great while on small rations and endure many hardships and privations rather than succumb to Yankee rule, which in my belief will never be our lot. Do not make yourself unnecessary uneasy about me as I am living tolerably well and I will not expose myself to danger uncalled for, it is true my lot as well as others is hard but then I am or try to be cheerful with it.
I will try and keep my spirits up and not fall into deep despondency, the feelings of which is hard to endure. Give my kindest regards to Sue, Puss, and uncle John.
As ever your devoted husband
Sources: Mike and Carol Lawing, eds., My Dearest Friend: The Civil War Correspondence of Cornelia McGimsey and Lewis Warlick (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2000). Original collections of the papers are in the Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill.