21 March 1862: You wrote to me to know if I wanted any thing to write for it I do not want any thing but a pair of shoes

Item Description:  Letter of 21 March 1862, from Richard Godwin Joyner to his mother, Julia Joyner.  This brief and slight letter home is meant to reassure his family that all was well and to request a better pair of shoes.

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Item Citation: Joyner Family Papers #4428, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Item Transcription:

Kinston NC                          March 21 1862

Dear Mother

I thought I would write you a few lines to let you know how I am getting on  I am not well at this time  I am not sick much  I have pains in my back the Captain says it is only cold  Leondus Spencer is very sick and so is Jenner Pearce  They are getting better  You wrote to me to know if I wanted any thing to write for it  I do not want any thing but a pair of shoes  I would be glad if you would send me a pair by Jim Thomas  the pair I got from the government is to small  we left Goldsboro yesterday  we will move four miles back  to morrow it will be a better than it is here  Some of the boys got scared this at a yankey steam boat that bloud down the river this morning  Sidney is well  Tell Mrs Ellis that Sidney is well and doing well  give my Love to at home  you and bettie must write to me  Tell bettie to give my best respect to miss — and cousand pattie and miss Annie Ellis I must close my letter at present tell Cellus to feed my hogs good

                                                                                       RG Joyner

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