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November 12, 1864

Petersburg Nov. 12th 1864


My Own Darling Wife

I have delayed writing longer than usual in the hope that I would be able to get a short leave to visit you but after waiting a week my application came down disapproved for the present. I only asked for 5 days, but Genl Lee thought it imprudent to allow me that at this time. I was fearful it would be so, yet was much disappointed when I found that I could not go.

We occupy pretty nearly the same position as when you left except our lines are more extended & I shall send for you as soon as I feel that we are permanent. To send before that would or might subject you to a great inconvenience. You must therefore be patient as I shall certainly send the very first moment I deem it safe. The weather is getting quite cold & we get orders today to find winter quarters & I shall start out today to find my winter quarters.

You must make Stephen put up some large boxes or barrels of sweet & Irish potatoes & peas & whatever else he has. We shall need them as I fear provisions will be very scarce here this winter. Make him have those things ready by the time you start. In my next letter I hope to be able to tell you to come on. Dick will send for his wife & you will be together.

I look for Effie’s money today from Richmond and will send it to her the first opportunity. The amount will be about $14.00. She can draw the balance when she needs. I would advise her to do whatever the Dr. thought ought to be done for Benney but I fear it will not be in my favor to go with her to Richmond.

Lincoln is certainly elected and there is non telling when the war will end. We must first determine to fight it out and look for the end when it comes. I saw Genl Lee yesterday and he was in fine spirits and more dispensed to joke that I ever saw him. My good lady friend, God bless her, Mrs. Waddell told me the other day that she prayed that I might not get hurt, but if I did, I must not go to a hospital but come to her home.

Tell Pa when he comes down that I have a lot of 30 or 430 logs all piled up out of which he can make himself a nice selection. I didn’t go through the trouble of gathering them up but found them placed away in an old camp by some soldiers. He must bring you down, I am anxious to see you and hope to see them all this winter. Are they fixing up a box for my Brig? They ought to send two or three boxes & no box must weigh over 100 pounds and should be filled with tobacco. They ought to be plainly marked post as this letter is addressed.

It look his morning as if it would snow & I hope roads will still be in a condition to stop all enemy movements here. Give my best love to all & be ready at any time when I shall send for you. Ask Pa if I will have any money left after paying my debts. I shall need some this winter if I can get it in addition to my wages. Farewell my darling wife, hoping that I will see you soon & write my correct prayer that our God will shield and bless you.

I am ever your devoted husband,

AM Scales

PS I have first learned that Genl Wilcox will leave the division this winter & that Genl Custis Lee will probably be our Maj Genl




Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 1. Original in the AM Scales Collection, State Archives of North Carolina

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Hamilton’s Crossing, Va

June 9th, 1863

My dearest Wife,

Your note from Richmond and letter from Tarboro have both reached me. My dear wife you need not have made so many excuses for yourself for you did nothing that required it. You hated to leave and thought I was hurrying you off and very naturally expressed yourself, but I knew that in your heart you did not blame me for doing what you knew I thought was best. You were not out of the way much too soon, although I do not believe we shall have any fight at this point, we expect however at any moment to move up the river to Longstreet’s assistance.

My dear, you do not seem to like Ransom. Do you not think you may in a measure do him injustice? He has some good qualities I know.

Your description of Rains is very characteristic of him. What a blessing it was that so few of those old fellow came over from the old service. They would all have claimed high positions and been able to do nothing to help the cause.

Darling, if you had stayed much longer I fear you would have gotten so weak that you could not get home. It seems to be fated that I am always to cause you to get worse if sick and sick if well. I shall feel easy about you when I hear that you and the children are at Shocco. Let me beg you not to get any economical notion in your head and imagine you must go home. If you enjoy yourself, and you ought to, stay until you get tired or your stock of money gives out and then if you want more send to David.

In a New York Herald of the 5th, Bennett says there was never such a meeting on the continent as the Peace Convention of the 3rd. If we are to believe him we may hope for something good to come of it. If Vicksburg holds out, and there is no reason why it should not, public sentiment in the North must and will do us good.

As the mail is about to close, I must. Be assured, Darling, that I was not mad nor did I think that you did not love me as you should, for I know it was that very love that made you dislike so much to leave. Give my love to them all at home. I shall write to Shocco as my letters will meet you there by the 16th. Good bye and God bless you.

Your loving husband.

Source: William Hassler, ed., One of Lee’s Best Men: The Civil War Letters of General William Dorsey Pender (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1999).

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Hamilton’s Crossing, Va.,

June 7th 1863

My dear Wife

I should have written you before but we were ordered here Friday night and I was so sleepy and tired yesterday that I could not write. The enemy crossed here Friday afternoon so you see you did not get off much too soon this time. I have no idea that we shall have any fight for I do not believe the enemy have an force to speak of, at least they do not show it. We may have a little skirmishing.

Mrs. Hill did not go until yesterday and I know you are too good a wife to have given me as much anxiety and trouble as she gave the General.

We have been in line of battle since night before last. I have no idea what Hooker is up to, but suppose he is holding us here with a small force when he moves the larger part to meet Gen. Lee up above.

I find that the horse David gave me will be of no use for one hard ride uses him up and he is always sick. David wrote at first to sell him if he would not suit and the other day he said send him home if he broke down, so he could be fattened up. He will sell for as much here as at home and then it would cost $40 to get him there besides the trouble. What shall I do?

The campaign has commenced at last and now we may expect sharp work. I have no fears but that we shall whip Hooker, but the general straggling and deserters will worry a great deal.

I hope you reached Tarboro safely and in good spirits.  Keep cheerful, Darling, and trust in God for kind protection to your husband.

Mr. Williams got back Friday and brought you a basket of cherries. You must go to Shocco if you can get a room. I wrote to Pamela to beg her to go with you. I am trying to get Ham as Assistant Commissary in my Division. Early’s commissary and Hoke’s are both trying to do the same, so between us he will certainly be retained.

I will write as often as I can. Give my love to all and tell Sister Mary when you see her I will write and that she shall have the paper.

God bless you my dear wife.

Your loving Husband

Direct your letters to AP Hill’s Corps, Richmond and they will be forwarded.

Source: William Hassler, ed., One of Lee’s Best Men: The Civil War Letters of General William Dorsey Pender (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1999).

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N C Henderson county October the 22 1862

I take my pen in hamd to let you no that me and the baby is well at presant and hoping thes few lines may find you in the same state of helth and I wood be glad to sea you and I want you to take cear of yur self and I wood be glad to sed you a cuming home and I will hug your nack good for you and giv you one good kiss so I have nothing moer atpresant so I will bring my remarks to aclose I hav received two letters from you and have sent two to you but iduo exspect to geth er corn as sune as i can and leav hear but I dont no whear I will go

to dannal revis


on reverse in different hand:

John Morgain 1862 oct 22 I will right you all a few lines to let you no that i am coming to your company in about 13 days and every body in the hold wearld is cuming wimen and children all and then we will make a wash of the war


Source: Daniel Revis letters, North Carolina State Archives online collections: http://digitalstatelibnc.cdmhost.com/u?/p15012coll8,623

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