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Orange Court House Va

August 6th 1863

My Dear Wife

Your very kind and affectionate letter of 2d Inst. came safely to hand, and found me as well as usual. Its arrival was anticipated, and it is not necessary for me to assure you its contents were perused with the most pleasurable feelings. Especially that portion that assured me you now in the full Enjoyment of that the greatest of blessings – health. You expressed a desire To know the particulars of Brother Charlys death. I will endeavor to give them to you as well as I can. When our Regt charged the enemies entrenchments on the heights near Gettysburg Pa on the night of July the 2d he was wounded on or near the top of his head – it did not pass through the brain but I think it must have bruised them as he did not speak after he was hit – he was lying down loading at the time. I carried him out – he seemed anxious to talk to me, but could not. He lingered till about two oclock on the 3d when he died. I remained with him from the time he was wounded until he died we buried him on the night of the 3d. Only God knows the bitter anguish this sad berevement sent thrilling through my sad heart. It seems hard to part forever from those our heart treasures. But the Lord’s will be done. Let us put our trust in Him. He alone can comfort the grief stricken soul, and bind up the broken heart – –

When you write again I wish you to tell me whether you have drawed anything yet, or not – and all about it as I felt very anxious to Know. We are camped at this place but I cant say how long we will remain here – – You cant imagine how much I want to see you – it seems I would give everything I possess to be with you if only for a short while – I trust I shall see you before very long. Write as soon as you get this

Your Devoted husband

John Futch

Source: Futch Letters, North Carolina State Archives, and Digital NC.


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Camp Near Port, Royal Va

April the 20 1863

Dear Wife I Recvd your kind Letter the 18th of this inst stating you was All well which found me well hoping theas few lines may come Safe to hand and find you All well and Doing well Marthy you Spoke of coming to Se me but I think it is best not to come for we will have to Leave hear we are Expecting to have to Leave hear Every Day Marthy I want to See you Vary bad but I think it is best for you Not to come hear for we Dont Now how Soon we may have to Leave hear Marthy you had better wait for their is A talk if our going Back to NC & if we Do you can come then & their is Canonading to Day Above Fredricks Burg Every time we go on picket we can talk to the yankes &C you wanted to Now if I wanted any close or Socks you wold Send me some I have got A plenty of them

I Was Sory to Hear that Some Body had Broke open Sisters crib and Stolen her corn the man Dun that had Aught to have to go in Servis & Stay their as Long as the war Last A Damd old Raskel you aught to take your gun and go their & Shoot him for he has All ways bin Doing them tricks & you Rote Something About Them girls Scaring A Sick man I think they had better bin Doing Something elce & I Wold Like to be  at home to be at Wm Funeral but I Dont Expects to have the chance of being their & tell Mother I Will rite to her the Next Time I Rite So I will come to A close by Saying I Remane your Loving Husband untel Death

John Futch to Marthy A Futch

Rote By John A Ennes From Harnett County

Source: Futch papers, North Carolina State Archives, as found on www.ncecho.org.

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Carline County Va

April the 15 1863

Dear Wife I Seat my self for the pleashure of Answring your kinde leter dated April the 3 1863 it found Me well as i Cold be exspected for a poor Soldier I hope those few lines may Come safly to hand and finde you Enjoying good helth Dear Wife I hav nothing of importanc to write you at this time times are very hard here Every Thing is Very high it looks to me like starvasion to me hir  I don’t see any  prospect of any Crops bring made in this part of Va without a grate alteration Soon  Dear wif you never Sed in your leter how mutch money you had recived from me I wold like to No how mutch you recived from me I want you to let me no in your next leter So as I will no whether or not it all or not  Dear wif I had oft moor money to send too if I Cold get a safe chance to send it to you I Cold send it it in a leter but it wold not be apt to get it Dear wife I want to See you verry bad their is strong  talk of us goin to Wilmington NC be fore before long but I am afraid that they air aint ani  Sutch good news that I wold like for you to write in your next leter how all the rest of the family is a giting a long You never rote to me nothing about what you was a talking about before I left home we hav a great deal of hard driling to Do here now we have to Drill 6 hours out of a day Dear wife you must do the best you Can til I git home I herd you was well Lt powers told me you air well I had rather a seen you I writ A leter to you every weeke Dont be afraid to  writ paper is only $5.00 Dollars a quire  they was 3 men ran away out our redgiment last week  as my time is short I will Close write soon fail not I hav a  verry bad chanc to write hire tell all of the family to rite Nothing more I remain your affectionate husband til Deth

John Futch to Mrs Martha Futch

I reckon you neadent not to lendyour money out if you do So be shur to get a good noat and security Write and let me no how Mary [illeg] is geting along

Source: Futch papers, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, as found on www.ncecho.org

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April the 14 1863

dear husban after my love and best respects to you I will in form you that I am well hopin that those fue lines may rech and find you in joyen the same good blesings dear husban I receved your veary kind letter the last maill and was glad to hir from you and to hir that you war well and I trust that you may in joye good helth the rest of your time dear husban I have no neas veary impornce to rite to you only I want to see you veary bad I want to see you worst then I ever did in my life and I am very on easy a bout you as I hir that you war a bout to move but I hope that it aint so dear husban I shall start to wilmington a tusday to git me a pear of shose I am a blege to have them I hate to spend the money but it semes like that I must have  them and as soon as I git back I shall come to see you if you hant moved from that place an if you air in teenty miles of the rode I never in dured so much truble in my lif be fore it semes lik it will kill me if I dont see you one more time dear husban I want to no how you air faren and if you have warm close and slep warm and if you want eney morer socks if you do I will fech you some when I come dear husban you hird of your brother Wilam deth be fore I did he had bin dead a weke before I hird of it tha never let me no a word of it tha feched him to yours fathers and saut up with him one night tha beared him at [wilars] greave yard tha never agen him a tall to see him at your fathers I under stant that he had the tiberdfored  fever and the munps and his legs both war sore and eat to the bone so I sopose he dide turebl deth I should like fore you to come home to his funerl if you could pasen canedy will prech it it will be at your fathers house or at my fathers house or at the chall house shelten has turned out  to be the worst place you ever saw Margreat rose and hir too sisters and susen muney and franceny lee dresed thear selves in mens close and went to a sick mands house and trid to skir him out of his house and hollard and lafed and run all over the feald I will tell you all a bout it in my next letter for I must come to a close by san rite soon as you receve this nothin more at presant only I remain your Affectionly wife tell deth Martha Futch to John Futch

Source: Futch papers, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, as found on www.ncecho.org


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Camp near Port Royal

April the 9th 1863

Dear Wife I seat my self this Beautiful morning for the purpos of writing you afew lines to let you know that I am some fat and I am one of the Bully Soldiers

I have [illeg] in my looks so that you would not know me I am so fat and I am a grate speculater times is very Still up here I dont hear know talk of a  fight up here provishions is very high up here Tobacco is 5 dollars a pound and meal is $1 & 25 Cts a gallon fresh meat is $1.50 cts Coffee is $5 a pound and ever thing is high

Dear Wife I hope this war will soon close for I do want to come home [really] Bad [theys] know satisfaction to Be Seen in Camp I hope before six weeks roles a round that I may be home with you Someday I make $5.50 cts and some days more & some days less you must kiss Sis for me but I had rather be home and Kiss her my Self give my love to Mary Stokes and family and to Caroline [illeg] and family So nothing more at this time only I remain your true and affectionate husband til death write soon John Futch

Source: Futch letters, North Carolina State Archives as found on www.ncecho.org

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Camp Near Port Royal Va

April the 3 1863

Martha Dear Wife I Seat my Self for the pleashere of aswering your kinde leter whitch Came to hand afew Days Cence I was truly glad to here from you and to here that you was Well these few lines leavs me Well I hope those few lines may Com Safly to hand and find you enjoying the Same good blesing Dear wife I hav Nothing Worth relating to you at this time every thing is verry high here pervishions hardly to be had at No price  our rashons are verry Short I wold give any thing to Se you tel [Francine] that I will See to that buisness She writing to me but I Never have had the Chance to Se to it yet but I will attend to it Dear wife if we ever get back to wards North Carolina I will for you to Com to Se me I Want you to try to Make all of the pervishions you Can for it looks like Starvashion here I am glad to here you are a geting along planting I Wold like to be thare to help you if it was so I Cold Martha tel Richard [illeg] When he takes his potatos to not forget the ones I put in thare rite to me how the Slips kep that I put up before I left thare Martha I reseifed the leter you sent me by the captain as My Time Short I must Close by saying I remain affetionat husband til Deth

John Futch

to Martha Futch

Direct To

Co K 3 NC Troops

Richmond Va

in Cear of capt T E Armstrong

Source: Futch Papers, North Carolina State Archives and as found on www.ncecho.org

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Camp near Fredericksburg

March the 30th 1863

my dear Wife

I received yours and was glad to hear from you and the family This leaves me well in better health than I have been before in twelve months and I hope it may So continue during my life. I hope this my find you enjoying the best of health as it is one of the greatest that a person can be bestowed with. We are at the same place where I found the regiment but wont expect to stay here much longer. We have packed up all our baggage that we could not cary on our backs and sent them to the railroad. I expect we will soon be on a march some wher but I cant tell wher

I have just heard of the death of my brother William I was very sory to hear of his death poor fellow he has paid the det we all have to pay Sooner or later. I hope he has gon to a better world than this where there is no pain felt nor no sorrow known

I received the things by Capt Armstrong was glad to receive them I write nearley twice every week but have received but few letters since I left. I cant tell what become of the letters. I must close I hope we may meet soon. My love to all the family and receive a portion your self my darling wife

from your affectionate husband

John Futch to his darling wife Martha Futch

Source: Futch letters, North Carolina State Archives, as found on www.ncecho.org

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