7 April 1863: “I woald be glad for the ware to come to eand and we cold cone home.”

Item description: Letter, dated 7 April 1863, from William Sprinkle, located near Fredericksburg, to Thomas Poindexter.  This letter is part of a collection of material that was owned by John R. Peacock and transferred to the Southern Historical Collection in the 1950s.

[Item transcription available below images.]

Item citation: From Folder 2 of the John R. Peacock PapersSouthern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

April 7 . 1863

Mr. Thomas Poindexter Derr Sir
I take the pleser to wite you
a few lins to let you know that
I am well and I hope when
thes lins comes to hand they
will fine you and famley
well. we ar still at the camp
ner Fredericksburg. I have no
news to write to you only we we are
all well and fate and sasy
and black and durty, and
lousy, we gite a nuft to yeet
that is good. it is ture we doet
git meat a nufte. but we git
some ever day. we git flour
a plenty; we git suger and
melessis. as for the camp
and the fear I cold stan it
very well. but the Yankee is
what I derde. I thote this
spring they old be pece but
I doant think so now. I tink the
ware will laste all summer
if not tell cold al time is
out. I woald be glad for the
ware to come to eand and
we cold cone home. last
Sarday 5 of April was the winst
day I ever saw. it like to blod 
ever thing a way thate we hade
and at nite it snow and was 
so colde that we like to frows
it has bin coald ever sents 
I have bin heare. I hant bin 
warme sents I have bin heare.
Thomas Scott we hant heard
forme him sents he lefte hear 
I be leave that he is dead he 
was verry low when he lefte here 
me and Peter and James is 
to gedher James has ben sick
but has got well. Peter is the 
harty man I ever saw he is as fat
as a haug but he wants to cone
home the worst I ever
saw a fellar. Thomy, I want
you to be a good boy and
tre to take cear of the wemmen 
and childer. but dont be to
good to the wemen tell I git
home and we all have a chanc
if the tores tris to run over
you nock theem down and we 
will see you out when we
gite home I want you to go
to my house and see my wife
and childer but I want you
to teke your wife with you and 
you childer to see my childer
when this leter comms to hand
I want you to write to me and 
let me know how the peipel is git
ing a long and weher thay
ar going to call the malitia at 
45 or not we heard hear that was 
a going to the boys say that 
they ar saray to heare that the malite
has to come up 45 but dam glad 
to heare the ofseers and the [?]
had to come they think 
the oferseer owt to come. So I must
come to a close. hand my respects
to all my requiring frinds and
exseept a full shear for your
self and god blest you and
perserv you and if we never see one a
nnother I hope we will meet in worls
of speace Direct your letter to Hamelton
crossing va 21 Ret NC Troops Co
d in cear of capt A Miller
Wm Sprinkle to Thom Pindexter 

More about this item: James Augustus Graham (1841-1908) was a resident of Hillsborough, N.C., and an officer in Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America.

This entry was posted in Southern Historical Collection and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.