My dearest Cornelia,
Yesterday I was the happy recipient of yours of the 20th ult. Which was the first from you for nearly a month, and today one of the 5th inst. came in giving a detailed account of the raid. I was sorry to hear the militia acted so badly in defending their homes and property. I wish I could have been there with 200 men, under Col. Martin from our regiment, I dare say they never would have left with their prizes and the glory of whipping the Burke militia, we would have given them such a blow as they never would have forgotten and never would they put their feet again on the soil of Burke. To commit such depredations as they and all other Tory and Yankee raiders been doing.
Billy is sick yet, this morning he had some fever. The doctor came to see him awhile ago. I asked him if he had or was taking the fever, he replied he didn’t think he was but that he was bilious which caused the slight fever this morning, he said he thought he would get well in a few days, if he should get worse I will write again in a few days. I think in all probability he will be well in a few days. Think, exposure brought on his sickness; he eats tolerably well [torn page] a pretty good appetite. He walks about occasionally when he gets tired lying on the hard ground is no worse than he was two or three days ago I don’t think he is going to have an attack of typhoid fever.
I think Puss’ beau a right clever fellow he seems to be right friendly with me so from that I calculate he is going to be my brother. I would like to hear the good joke you spoke of. Cant you write it? I will never mention it to him. I haven’t seen Susan’s lover in a month don’t know where he is I heard, but don’t know how true, that brigade had gone to Chaffins Bluff.
I was sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Corpening. I also was sorry to hear of the death of Capt. Frank Alexander who it was supposed was engaged to Laura, if she was will it not be hard for Laura and Harriet both to lose their intended comforters. This was together all the distress this cruel was has caused, surely it is a severe chastisement for our sins. May God in his flavorful mercy pardon us from further bloodshed and destruction of mind and body. I was so sorry to hear of the death of Jim Conly. I have seen several of Perkins Co.
Love to all
Note: Say to Uncle John Tom Moore paid me ten dollars… I wrote to Harriet yesterday. We heard good news from our army in Md.
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.