Sept 2nd 1864
Your letter of the 25 August came to hand today. It found me well. I was very glad to hear from you again. I was looking for a letter for August to bring me a letter from you. The mail is much behind. Sergt Pryor was ordered to go to another company to get the rolls made out. I thought I could do it myself. I went to work and made out a return of them and then went to the Maj commanding the Regt and asked him if it was done right. He said it was the Quartermaster said so too it was the first time any one tried to make them out. Our company is very small. Around 26 have tried for a furlough and the second time none yet.
You wrote in your letter that you wanted to send me a shirt and a pair of socks. I do not need the shirt as I have enough. The socks you may send some time this fall. I want need them yet I will want a pair by cool weather.
We draw clothing plenty of clothing at this time and rations enough. We are doing very well in that respect. We need rest and above all we want peace so we can all get home to our loved ones and be free men again. It would be the most pleasing thing to us to hear that peace was made that could be told. But when that will be who can tell. Yet I hope to get through all safe and sound by the help of an Almighty God who has protected me through all these campaigns to whom I feel very thankful for his mercy and hope he will yet spare me to get home to you all again. When I think of what I have passed through I am almost lost in meditation to think how many has fallen on my right and left and in front and rear and yet I am spared.
I feel like the prayers my people in my behalf have been answered. Dear Fanny look to God for protection and he will not forsake you. He is able to feed you with the bread of life. Teach Charley to be a good boy and be firm with him in you commands. I must come to a close. Give my love you to Pa and family.
I remain your loving husband
James W. Wright
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 2. (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2003). Original in the John Wright Papers, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh.