May 29th 1864
Dear Cousin [Mary Ann Eddinger],
I have been waiting for a letter from you so long that I have got out of heart of ever hearing from you all any more. I want to hear from you all very bad. None of us are very well at present but are all up and about. I don’t know if I can write any thing new that will be of much interest. There is nothing thought or talked of about here but the war. All of the boys seventeen years of age are gone from this settlement. They went last Thursday week. Dan Eddinger and David and Joe Clodfelter and George Waggoner’s sons are all gone and a great many more had to go. They took Sam Darr without anything but what he had on. It seems like times get wrose all the time. I never expect to see any better times but if I live long I expect to see everything destroyed by the Yankees. You may not think this will not be so but if you live you will find it to be so. Solomon Clodfelter’s son is killed. Bryant wrote in his letter that John Mock had one arm off and to day we heard that he is dead. Barna Leonard went off to the army and died in a few weeks. Little Adam Sink died with the Yankees. We understand that Joe Sink is wounded in the wrist. Now I have told you all I know about the war.
The people of this settlement are generally healthy. The small pox is among the negroes below town. Henderson has put up a stand for preaching down here on the road where the road turns off to go to Sowers. Jackson and Hamner are to preach there this summer. I suppose you have heard that our preacher has left and gone to the yankees. Preacher Seinn got killed by falling from his mule on his way home from church. The mule kiceked in the head and killed him dead. We have had a great deal of rain. It rains here nearly every day. Some people in the settlement are suffering for something to eat now. Phillip is at home yet. I do hope that he is and will stay there some of you must try to come and see us if you can. If Phillip stays at home get him to bring you and the girls down sometime this summer.
Alpheus is gone to see Laura’s baby today. It can sit alone. May Ann, if I could see you I could tell you several things that I don’t want to write. Gust Bryant visited some of the soldiers wives a good many times when he was at home last. He paid his visits to one that lives not far from the creek. I must tell you how cheap spun cotton sells. It is fifty dollars per bunch. Wheat and corn is about eighteen or twenty dollars per bushel and very little to have at that. Iron sells from three to five dollars per pound. I reckon you will all be tired of my lterrers. I must think of coming to a close.
E[liza] E. Clodfelter
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 1