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Mcdowell Co N C

April the 7 1864

My Dear husband

I seat My self this Morning to write you a few lines to let you know that we are only tolerable well we have very bad colds I am so hoars that I cant hardly talk and sis has had the Croup this week but I do hope these few lines May reach your kind hands and find you well I haint had no letter in two Weeks I would be glad to hear from you I have got 2 bushels of sweet potatoes and planted them. I planted 7 & 33 hills and I have to pay 100 dollar per bushel I haint planted Corn yet I want to plant next Week if it dont rain last week somebody stold two of Allens horses and left two old poor no count ones in there place and last Monday Night some body stold 20 peices of bacon from him [illeg] the rest Joints last Monday  all the Men was ordered from Camp Vance to Ashville they say that the yankeys can come here at any time they please but they dont want to come for there aint any thing to come for but a parcel of half perished women and children  half of my time I dont have nothing for breakfast but Cornbread and bran coffee it is hard living but I hope it wont be so all ways I cant buy one mouth full of nothing to eat and thread sells for 3 penny weights of gold for a bunch and I cant get non I hav fifty cents in confederate salt is one dollar a pound they have quit keeping goverment salt at the X roads I give three dollars old state Money and two confederate dollars for 8 lbs of salt how I am to get along God knows I dont

they are looking for Marion Higgins home and I will try and get him to take you somthing to eat I am sorry I could not send you somthing before now but you know that I would if I could I have had a many a tear about it I aint able to bring it My self and I cant get no person to take you somthing to eate and if I was able to come I dont think it is a place fit for women except it be in case of sickness then I would come if I had to beg my way to you I want to see you very much but I cant come to you but I hope that your head  man will let you come to me before long you must do the best you can put your trust in God fear not what man can do they can but kill the body but fear God that can kill both sole and body pray for me dear husband that my life may be spard to take care of my little children for I  am in a helpless condition no one to look too for help but God alone but he is able to save all them that put there trust in him I trust in him and I try to pray for you my self and our little children and for peace so that you all can come to your friends but if I see you no moor in this world I hope to meet you in heaven where we will be separated no moor but if it is Gods will I would be glad to see you in this life May God bless you and save you from harm and danger is my prayer farewell  M. A. E. Poteet to her loving husband F. M. Poteet farwell my dear Francis  please gard give this to my husband

 

Source: Poteet-Dickson Letters, North Carolina State Archives as found on www.ncecho.org.

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Camp 1st NC Infantry

Friday March 18th 64

Louisa affectionate sister,

I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines for I know if you could write you would be sure to write me a letter. I am well at this time wishing these few lines may reach you and find you all well.

I have nothing of any importance to write but I will write something maybe it would be interesting to you. Last Sunday a cold windy day and our brig was on picket and the soldiers as they would pass by they would have the wind blow off their hats and they had nothing to do but pick up their hats. Their would be a few haw haws over it and all would be all right. Finally on Monday the 4th Brig (Louisianans) came to relieve us and about 2 oclock we started back to camp and the closer to camp we got the faster the men walked. And when I got almost to camp I stumped my toe and fell down but I had nothing else to do but get up and go on.

We got to camp and since then I have been enjoying the good of my cabin ever since. It has been tolerable cool weather lately and it seemed right pleasant to be in a cabin. The next day after I got to camp I washed my clothes. I washed them with the soap you sent me from home, that ought to last me all summer.

The more coffee and sugar that we draw does me a great deal of good but I do not know how long we will draw it. I have me a boiler I carry with me on the march to make coffee in. I also carry me a little friar made out of a half a canteen which I carry to fry my meat in. I have my knife & spoon up yet and expect to carry them through the summer if I should live. If you have a chance you might send me a piece of ham.

Rufus Jones got off home. He took my blanket but did not take my vest. I do not know where he will leave it he will probably leave it at Statesville.  You recollect my writing about John Estes. I rec’d a letter from him written with his left hand. He is now going to school at home and I recon enjoying himself as well as could be expected with his arm off. I am as ever

Your brother

Calvin

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 Calvin Leach Papers, Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Friday 18th and Saturday 19th [March 1864]

I was sick again yesterday all day with headache. I took a nap after dinner & it felt better. Capt. Thrash got our bacon today. He took some beef also (dried). He is to give 2.25 a lb. for bacon & 90 cts. for beef. ‘Tis a fair price I think. Old Mrs. Lance was here today wanting to get off a 100$ bill she had as she don’t want to fund it & all money above 5$ bill has to be funded by first of April or lose 33 ½ per ct on the dollar. Eliza Parker was here today. I had a letter from Pinck & Dora last Wednesday. He was very well. I have done sundry mending today. I did nothing at all yesterday as I felt so badly. Mr. Henry received a letter from Harrie yesterday. He is not improving any. I had a letter from Eugenia in it. She says Harrie is failing very fast, getting very feeble. She seems very uneasy about him. I parched some coffee this morning, cleaned the silver & other things.

Source: Diary of Cornelia Henry in Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journal and Letters of the Henry Family. Clinard, Karen L. and Russell, Richard, eds. (Asheville, NC: Reminiscing Books, 2008).

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Friday 5th [February 1864]

Mail brought but little news. I received a letter from Eugenia saying Harrie was quite sick with a pain in one eye. I never expect to see him again. He seems so hopeful of being well again but he will die in the prime of manhood, I think. ‘Tis sad to think one so young should be cut off in his bloom. I went to Asheville today, tried to exchange a tissue dress for calico but could not. I got two lbs. of soda for twenty dollars, four lbs. of sugar for twenty dollars & one card of agate buttons for two & a half dollars. I gave 4.50 last fall for a card of the same sort. I got some pants buttons, 50 cts. a doz., got 4 doz. I spent the day at Sister Jane’s. I took Lonzo along as I took Sister Jane a coffee pot & some eggs. Late when I got home. The children, Zona & Willie & Matt with me at the stables. Zona & Willie rode down.

Source: Diary of Cornelia Henry in Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journal and Letters of the Henry Family. Clinard, Karen L. and Russell, Richard, eds. (Asheville, NC: Reminiscing Books, 2008).

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Ran the Blockade

We learned yesterday that two more vessels, the Pet and Heroine, had run the blockade and arrived safely at Wilmington, with valuable cargoes.

Large arrival of coffee

A train of eighteen cars loaded with government coffee, says the Petersburg Express of Saturday, arrived in town yesterday afternoon from the South. This coffee, we learn, reached the country through the blockade at some Southern port, and is now being transported to this State for the benefit of our noble army. There were in all, about twelve hundred sacks, which will no doubt be greeted with enthusiasm by the army.

Yankee Gunboat destroyed

It will be recollected that the Wilmington papers a few weeks ago stated that a violent explosion had been heard below that city, and that it was supposed to have been caused by the blowing up of a yankee gun boat. This supposition is confirmed by late news from the North, by which we learn that the vessel destroyed was the Iron Age, which had got aground and was blown up by her crew to prevent her falling into our hands.

Source: Fayetteville Observer, February 4, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org

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Camp of the 53 Reg.

8 miles North East of Orange CH Va

January 3rd 1864

Mr. Wm and Mary Proffit

Dear Father and Mother I with grate pleasure drop you a short note wich will in form you that I am in tolerable helth owing to hardships and privations of camp life. I do grately hope when these lines comes to hand you and family may be in Joying good helth.

I have no news for to communicate wish would inter rest you. I have no war news at present times & all is still in this vicinity at present & we have just go up some of our huts. I got mine done the first of this instant all to the done shelter. I had not laid in a house nor under a tent for eight months. We have just taken the wether as it came and you can give a gess how we have fard and the wether is powerful cold here at this time and we are scarce of blankets but if we can get to stay here in our huts I think we can do very well.

We have a grate many that is sick in our brigade and some ar dieing. John Wodey died at Orange the 15 of December. Harrison Brown was sent off to the horse pittal yester Day. Barnet Owens was sent this morning. Boath was very sick men. I have no thout that Owens will live. We have bin so exposed I feer that we shal have a grate Deal of sickness. Orders came round last nite to furlow one man for evry twenty men in camp that some of them will be coming home constantly.

We have a close time here at this time. Tha have cut our rashions down to a qarter of a pound of bacon and one pound of flower and evry thirde day we don’t get that. We drew to day one spoonful of shooger and not so much coffee and no bacon. We have close living.

I have bin looking for a letter from you for some time. I wrote you a letter just as soon as I herd W.H. was ded but has failed to receive please respond to me. So I will close by acknowledging my self as ever,

Jesse Miller

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 Proffit Family Papers, Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill. 

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Saturday 5th [December 1863]

Mr. Henry took Charley & the wagon & went to the tan yard (old Smith’s). Mr. Henry says he intends to have his leather. He was gone all day. I had a nice dinner for him thinking he would be home for dinner but he did not get back till supper. He got a fine lot of leather. He & old Smith are now even. Mr. Henry left for Marshall about seven o’clock. I hated to see him go. No one knows how badly. He has to be in Marshall tomorrow morning as they are going to make a raid into Ten. about Newport. I went with him to the gate & told him good bye & Oh! the bitter tears that I shed, to think he would be riding till one or two o’clock tonight in the cold & me & our little children would be snugly in a warm room & beds so comfortable, that he has prepared for us. This is a cruel war. My poor heart will surely break with trouble. Mr. Henry did not sleep well last night. He said it was the strong coffee. He did not get to sleep till nearly one o’clock. He will get sleepy tonight before he gets there & no chance to sleep as his horse is a little wild. Oh Merciful God, take care of my dear husband I pray.

Source: Diary of Cornelia Henry in Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journal and Letters of the Henry Family. Clinard, Karen L. and Russell, Richard, eds. (Asheville, NC: Reminiscing Books, 2008).

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