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Civil War Letter to Home
Contributed by Charles Hilliard
Transcribed by Diane Siniard

 
Note:  I will post the images shortly.   I plan to digitally enhance the original pages to see if we can make out some of the areas that are difficult to read.  If anyone should recognize any of the questioned areas, please drop me a line and we will corrent them.
 
Camp 12th NC Regt
near Taylorsville Va
March 5 1864

Dear Eugenia
I have delayed writing to you for several days because I did not have a good
opportunity to do so. It is raining now and has been constantly for some time the
ground is about as sobby as it can be our tents are in a low Place and the water
rises in Them so that it is constantly muddy in the tents my feet Keep wet every
day but I have not ben injured by it as I know of yet

Nearly all our company are down on Picket at South Amma Bridge to day
about 3 miles from here

Governor Vance addressed This Brigade yesterday on his

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From the army at Orange C.H. when he had been making speeches to the
North Carolina Troops

The Brigade tirned out to hear him hear almost to a man

The weather was rather inclement though he was well received After some
amusing ancedotes Illustrating the course of his remarks he went into a
Logical argument Of our Political Stayes Prospects Hopes & Condition
I wish you could have heard his speech though I would not have had you to
have been here with the army

Said when Genl Johnston Telegraphed him of the enlistment of this Brigade
for the war be it long or short From that moment the Independence of our
Country was Certain in his opinion. It showed to him

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that those who had endured the Hardships were not afraid of the Consequences
said the Principal dissatisfaction existed with the People at home they got scarid
of act? as Wagoness Ambanlance Distant Straglers in the Rear of a great Battle
not to mention Quarter Master & Commissaries were worse scared than those
in the Front ranks He told an anecdote to illustrate this Said a youth just from College
Prided himself upon his great learning and was somewhat ashamed of his Daddy One
day he and the old man went out in the Field to work when about 11 o'clock the old
man pulled out some cheese and bread to eat his lunch

His son told him he surely did

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not intend to eat that cheesehanding him a sply glass told the old man to look at it
through that asked him if he did not see the Animalculae in it (Small animals) Guessed
Soldier knew what small animals (lice) were He understood there were some up in
Esbells? Corps that had the letters I.F.W (one for the war) on them = But to return to the
ancedote the old man's son asked him if he did not see how the Animalculae squirmed.
The old man without paying any attention to him crammed the cheese in his mouth with
the remark let them squirm If they can stand it I can. Now the Govermor said if the
Soldiers could stand it the People at Home could and shoud do it.

He went on to show the utter fallacy

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of Trying to make Peace with the Yankees by Separate State Conventions in it could
not Alter the Position of the State in the eyes of the Yankee Government becuase it
would still be in Rebellion against the United States and the accepted unconditional
terms WHile it would at the same time involve us in a war with the balance of the
Confederacy.

He Reorissasal? the course of the war and paid his repects to the great Yankee
Heroes in Commander of the army of the Potsona? Formerly the grand army of the
Union From Old Scott down to Meade. After giving each ones brief Career he was
gathered unto his Father's and another reigned in his stead ca Whinke? got to
McClellan

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after bringing him up to the Chickshomy That Stonewall Jackson came on his
right Flank and one Z. B. Vance (himself) Col of the 26th NC Regt on the left
flanks and between them they made McClellan Skidaddle. He made a Touching
allusion to the Battle of the Wilderness In speaking of Burnside said crossed
over in the Ridon? but heard the Gray Jackets singing to him to get out the
Wilderness.

You must not think the Governor speech was all in this humo over Style it had
its serious parts to it in speaking of our losses and great Sacrifices.

He made a touching appeal to the Soldiers not to desert

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their colors and Country that they must trust the Peoples at home to take care of
Their families that is they run away and got home could not aid their families they
could not go to work for fear of being taken up and could only streak about and
eat up a part of what little their families had. He said when a man sneaked out
horses in that way he was afraid even of a Militia Officer with his bottom yarn stripes
on his collar. Though don't let the Militia Officers know this last sentence the
Governor might lose a vote by it.

It so happened that a deserter from this Regt. (Catawba Rifles) was carried on the
ground and Heard this Governor speech though it do not know whether the Governor

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Foundit out or not the reason he was carried out was that the men who had him under
guard wanted to hear the Governor's speech and they were allowed to carry their
Prisoner with them.

I understand when this man Deserted He went out about home and lived in a cave
but in the late snow knocking about to get something to eat he was tracked of
and caught I do not know what will be done with him but I understand that no
man has ever been shot yet from this Regiment.

Our Brigade has been reviewed twice lately by Gen Johnston He inspected
every man himself he though our co was pretty well clothed and asked Capt
Plummer if we got enough to eat and I

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understood he asked Capt Plummer if his men were made to patch their
clothes in which they did it of their own accord and the Captain told him they
done it of their own accord

I received a few days ago (word faded and on crease unreadable) and intending
this from you not dated though you said it was Holiday from which I know this
date there has been preaching at the Baptist Churches near this place by the
Chaplain of the Brigade Sometimes twice a day and at night I have attended
frequently there have been a food many mourners and some concerts in?

John Received a letter from Sallie a few days ago with a Piece in it to me from
you which I

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was glad to receive I was also proud to Hear that Henry was teaching I wish I could
see you and him However as that is useless now I will content myself with writing
to you You must not take Matters to Heart any More Thank you were obliged to
do For it becomes re? to beas out Trials in this life as Christians with Fortitudes

When you have an opportunity to send me anything please send if you have them
some small pieces to patch my pants With I do not know of anything else I want
you to send me You did not state in your letter whether you received

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My letter but I take it for granted you did as the blanket came to hand when you
mity please give me all the neighborhood news as well as our son? Matters for
everything going on in old Nithagh? is interesting to me

John is well and still attending to Jack Russells Ambulance They have Nick Names
here for a great Many of the boys they call John Man Kind because he ises that word
so often in conversations Jack Russell they call old theiordon? A. B. Faulker they
call Dr Minos Josh Davis Creek (Terrapin) Weldon Genl Sec Duke they call Sloop
of War

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(This page very hard to read faded and writing on sides and bleed thru)

Two of our men Conner (Gen Dalgmouth?) and John Daniel have lost their voices and
can only whisper Them boys were very often whimpering to them though I think that
is wrong All the boys from Welbush? that I (word unreadable) of are well I believe
(unreadable) Let me know whether out heard Uncle Micajah say the (word smeared)
recevied a letter I wrote or not

John says he wants them to Keep a certain man at home (Bob C?) because he wants
him to keep the property together at the Widows but he intended to examine the accounts
he keeps when he gets back run your Pen through the last sentence when you read it
From you will keep the letter Give my love to all the Family and accept it for yourself Kiss
Henry for me

Yours Truly
T.D. Hilliard

Written down the side:

You can let Eliza have your Shaci? So they are too in all From yours Let me see of whe?
you might want to gain? through I Suppose? you ought to have a pair now Send an order to
Chefs? when you read

 


2009 Charles Hilliard, Diane Siniard and/or NCGenWeb.  This  is not public domain. Charles has generously allowed us to post it for the benefit of Warren Co. researchers as well as NCGenWeb researchers.   Any republication or reposting is expressly forbidden without the written consent of the owner.  Last updated 02/09/2009